Immediate help for foot drop is available with the right ankle foot orthosis for your particular condition.
Depending on the degree of your foot drop, whether it is minor, moderate, or severe, modern lightweight AFOs that are pre-made can provide the kind of comfortable support for foot drop that was not available in times past.
Gone are the days of struggling to put on a clunky and heavy foot drop brace that was awkward to wear and did little to make you more at ease with being in public.
Today it is possible to choose from a variety of innovative AFOs that are designed with your ease and comfort in mind. At the same time, the support they give for your foot drop is impressive. A modern ankle foot orthosis will also fit into many shoe types and be barely noticeable when worn with long pants.
However, you will find that the leading orthotic shoes in today’s market are designed with innovative, cutting edge technology that makes orthotic shoes an extension of the medical industry. The ability to insert devices such as foot splints for ankle injuries or bunions or some other foot problem means that these shoes become part of your on-going treatment and healing process.
To say that some AFOs on the market today are lightweight is really an understatement. For instance, thebrace by Ossur, a global leader in orthopedic devices. This is another lightweight AFO that is easy to put on and easy to wear. The unique feature of this footdrop brace is the way it provides support the moment the foot is raised.
This support is created by an an ergonomic ankle strap and a plastic inlay that fits discreetly between the tongue and laces of the shoe. The plastic inlay attaches to the ergonomic ankle strap by means of an additional breathable, yet super-strong, elastic strap which has a quick release clip. There is no hard, heavy plastic in this foot brace, so it definitely qualifies as a light AFO. The moment you make an effort to lift your foot, the “Foot-Up” comes to your aid and lifts your foot for you, in a way that results in a normal gait.
Foot drop is not a disease itself, but an indicator of underlying conditions, such as peroneal nerve damage . Damage to the peroneal nerve can be caused by several factors. More serious reasons for foot drop include multiple sclerosis or some kind of brain injury, spinal cord injury or stroke.
Anyone dealing with foot drop will hopefully receive encouragement from these examples of modern AFOs.