Soft Foot Drop Brace by Freedom

Pictured to the right  is another option for an ankle foot orthosis; a soft foot drop brace by Freedom.

Enjoy the comfort of a foot drop brace that conforms to your ankle and calf.  This is made possible by the special elastic strapping that holds your foot in place.  Made of the thinnest neoprene available, you will love how this foot brace feels when you slip it on.

Neoprene is the kind of synthetic rubber used for wetsuits.

Using that image you can imagine how a foot drop brace made of the thinnest possible neoprene would conform perfectly to your ankle and calf.

Soft Foot Drop Brace

Neoprene is the kind of synthetic rubber used for wetsuits.

Using that image you can imagine how a foot drop brace made of the thinnest possible neoprene would conform perfectly to your ankle and calf.

A semi rigid plantar footplate is included, which helps maintain your arch.  Of course, the footplate also provides a stable surface for support.

No need to wear shoes with this brace. It is just as effective if you walk around in it barefoot as is a conventional rigid brace worn with shoes.  Plus, if you wear it under stockings, it’s practically invisible.  This is a great product for people with foot drop who need something effective, but that is also easy to deal with and comfortable when compared to other AFOs.

The picture above shows this soft brace in a medium size for the right foot. Also currently available are braces in other sizes for both the right and left foot.

Foot Drop Causes

Damage to the peroneal nerve, a branch of the sciatic nerve, is the main cause for the condition known as foot drop. The  sciatic nerve  begins in the lower back, runs through the hips, and continues down the legs to the feet. The peroneal nerve branches off the sciatic nerve and is located on the outside of the lower knee. A person’s ability to lift his or her foot from the ankle in a normal manner – an action that most of us always take for granted – is dependent on the health of the peroneal nerve.

An accident that delivers a sharp blow to the knee, as can happen in a sports injury or a car wreck, can result in damage to the peroneal nerve. Damage to this vital nerve can also occur as a complication of surgery or from too much compression.  An example of too much compression would be wearing a plaster cast on the lower leg for a long time, or even wearing high boots on a regular basis.

Often the damage is not too severe, so the weakness and abnormality in the person’s walk is temporary.  Severe damage, however, will result in a permanent condition of foot drop.

Luckily, modern, innovative ankle foot orthoses, such as the soft foot drop brace described above,  make this condition a lot easier to deal with than it has been in the past.

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