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Ankle Braces

Ankle braces are worn to protect, immobilise and support the ankle joint. There is a range of different braces available from soft neoprene providing general support to the joint through to rigid braces which completely immobilise the joint. Ankle braces are frequently used for those who have suffered an injury or have instability at the ankle joint. There are many types of ankle braces on the market so it is important to be assessed for the correct brace for your condition.

What are the indications for use of an ankle brace?

There are many indications for using an ankle brace. These include:


If you are unsure if you would be suitable for an ankle brace please contact us to discuss.

What conditions are ankle braces often used for?

Ankle braces can be used for a range of conditions including:


This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a ankle brace please contact us to discuss.

What are the benefits of using an ankle brace?

There are many benefits that come from using an ankle brace. These include:


There are many benefits using an ankle brace to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What types of ankle braces are available?

Types of ankle braces that may be used include:

Swede-O Ankle Lok

This AFO is ideal for athletes or those who are more active, the low profile means it will fit inside your shoes. The combination design of laces and elasticated strapping results in a secure and stable fit that will stay secure over extended periods of time.

Malleoloc Ankle Brace

The Malleoloc Ankle Brace stabilises your ankle joint whilst allowing normal plantar and dorsiflexion. This brace also works by stimulating the Tibialis Anterior muscle which heighten the stabilising effects of the brace. The Malleoloc will fit inside your footwear enabling you to remain active knowing your ankle is more secure.

Custom Ankle Brace

At Orthotics UK we are able to make custom ankle braces in order to provide specific support to your needs. The materials and design for the brace can be changed depending on your requirements. A custom brace can be used for a wide variety of conditions and can incorporate a foot orthoses if required.

What is the process to be receive an ankle brace?

The process to receive an ankle brace would be:


To establish the type of ankle brace you require your orthotist will need to complete an assessment of your ankle joint. This will involve observing you walk, measuring your range of movement and discussing your goals. Using the information gathered your orthotist will be able to recommend the correct type of ankle brace.

If it is felt that a custom ankle brace will be most beneficial your orthotist will need to take a cast of your ankle, foot and calf. Using this cast your bespoke ankle brace will be constructed. Your orthotist will discuss the different materials, supporting reinforcement structures as well as the fastening methods with you to ensure you are comfortable with the brace to be made. Once constructed you will be required to return for a fitting, your orthotist will confirm the brace fits correctly and if required adjustments can be made.


Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs)

An ankle foot orthosis (AFO) is a device that controls the alignment of, and provides stability to, the foot and ankle. They can also be designed to offload weight from the foot and ankle by distributing the weight further up the leg.

What are the indications for use of an ankle foot orthoses?

There are many indications for using an ankle foot orthoses. These include:


If you are unsure if you would be suitable for an ankle foot orthoses please contact us to discuss.

What conditions are ankle foot orthoses often used for?

Ankle foot orthoses are often used for a variety of conditions including:


This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a ankle foot orthoses please contact us to discuss.

What are the benefits of an ankle foot orthoses?

There are many benefits that come from using an ankle foot orthoses. These include:


There are many benefits using an ankle foot orthoses to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What types of ankle foot orthoses are available?

There are many types of ankle foot orthoses available including:

Foot Drop AFO

Foot drop AFOs are designed to prevent the foot from dropping during walking. A bespoke foot drop AFO will provide increased stability and improved positioning resulting in increased confidence whilst walking. To find out more about our foot drop AFOs click here.

Offloading AFO

Offloading AFOs are used to offload forces from the foot and ankle, redistributing them to the tendon just below the knee joint. This redistribution of forces results in pain relief and increased mobility of the individual. To find out more click

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Silicone AFO

Silicone AFOs are a form of foot drop AFO, they are a close fitting low profile device which provides stability to the foot and ankle whilst maintaining the foot position whilst walking. To find out more about our silicone AFOs visit our page here.

Stability AFO

Many people have ankle instability which can be helped by using a stability AFO. These can be bespoke or off the shelf dependant on the individual's needs. To find out more about stability AFOs click here.

What is the process to be receive an ankle foot orthoses?

The process to receive an ankle foot orthoses would be:


Due to the wide variety of ankle foot orthoses available it is important for our orthotist to accurately assess your condition to establish the correct AFO for your needs. This assessment will involve discussing your symptoms, lifestyle and goals. Your walking will be observed and full range of motion plus muscle power tests undertaken. The orthotist will then take a series of measurements plus a plaster cast if your AFO is bespoke. This will ensure your AFO is the correct size and fits comfortably.


Children’s AFO

AFOs specifically designed for children are typically custom made and provide support whilst allowing them to continue developing, growing and maximising their potential.

What are the indications for use of a Children’s AFO?

There are many indications for using a Children’s AFO. These include:


If you are unsure if an AFO would be suitable for your child please contact us to discuss.

What conditions are AFOs often used for children?

AFOs are provided to children with a wide variety of conditions which include:


This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if an AFO would be suitable for your child please contact us to discuss.

What are the benefits of your child using an AFO?

There are many benefits that come from using an AFO. These include:


There are many benefits using an AFO to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What types of Children’s AFOs are available?

Types of Children’s AFO that may be used include:


This AFO is designed with children in mind, it is made using carbon composite ensuring it is durable for an active child. The device has an anterior shell, lateral strut and a footplate with an open calcaneus space. The anterior shell is height adjustable to enable the device to continue to work as your child grows.

KiddieGAIT

KiddieGAIT is a lightweight AFO made from carbon composite. This device holds the foot and ankle in a functional position enabling children to walk in a more fluid, natural way. The KiddieGAIT can be adapted via comfort kits to provide additional padding, soft shells to allow for customisation and can also be combined with an additional orthotic if further control of foot position is required.

What is the process to be receive an AFO for my child?

The process to receive an AFO would be:


In order for your child to receive the best AFO, they will need to meet with one of our orthotists who will complete an in depth assessment looking specifically at how your child walks and the range of movement at their foot and ankle. Following this they will take a number of different measurements to ensure the correctly sized device is selected. If the orthotist advises a bespoke device they will then need to take a plaster cast mould of the foot and leg. Your child will have a choice of a range of patterns to put on their own splints and we fit our splints with plenty of discreet padding to guarantee comfort.


Foot Drop AFO

A Foot Drop AFO is an ankle foot orthoses that specifically supports the lower limb to prevent the foot from dropping during the swing phase of the gait cycle. The benefits of a Foot Drop AFO is that it will prevent the toes from catching, increase stability of the ankle and better position the foot throughout the whole gait cycle.

What are the indications for use of a Foot Drop AFO?

There are many indications for using a Foot Drop AFO. These include:


If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a Foot Drop AFO please contact us to discuss.

What conditions are Foot Drop AFO often used for?

Reasons for providing a Foot Drop AFO include:


This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a Foot Drop AFO please contact us to discuss.

What are the benefits of Foot Drop AFO?

There are many benefits that come from using a Foot Drop AFO. These include:


There are many benefits using an Foot Drop AFO to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What types of Foot Drop AFO are available?

Types of Foot Drop AFO that may be used include:


Flexible AFO (Posterior Leaf Spring)

This type of AFO is worn inside your shoe and provides good support of foot drop it does not however provide support of medial/lateral (side to side) instability. Flexible AFOs are lightweight and will fit inside most lace up shoes.

Rigid AFO

A rigid AFO will be worn inside your shoe and as well as supporting foot drop it will provide medial/lateral (side to side) support of your ankle.

Hinged AFO

Similar to a rigid AFO the hinged AFO will provide support foot drop and medial/lateral (side to side) ankle stability. The hinged AFO has the addition of a hinge at the ankle, this allows for specific control of plantar flexion (pointing your toes) and dorsiflexion (lifting your toes). It can also be worn within your shoe.

Foot Up

A Foot Up can be used with or without footwear. It is easy to fit and padded for comfortable wearing. The Foot Up provides a complete dorsiflexor support system to aid with foot drop.

What is the process to be receive a Foot Drop AFO?

The process to receive an Foot Drop AFO would be:


In order for you to receive the best Foot Drop AFO for you, you will need to meet with one of our orthotists who will complete an in depth assessment looking specifically at how you walk and the range of movement at your foot and ankle. Following this they will take a number of different measurements to ensure the correct sized device is selected. If the orthotist advises a bespoke device they will then need to take a plaster cast impression of your foot and leg.


Hallux valgus splinting

Hallux valgus (bunion) is a common toe deformity of the big toe. It occurs when the big toe moves towards the other toes on the same foot causing pain at the joint and difficulty wearing shoes. Whilst the cause of hallux valgus is unknown it is believed that ill fitting shoes, genetics and restricted range of motion at the toe joint can be contributing factors.

When can splinting be used for hallux valgus?

It is important to treat hallux valgus as soon as possible as any delay in treatment can cause symptoms to worsen. There is a wide variety of splints which can be used and adapted depending on the severity of the hallux valgus.

If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a hallux valgus splint please contact us to discuss.

What are the benefits of splints for hallux valgus?

There are many benefits that come from using a splint for hallux valgus. These include:


There are many benefits using a hallux valgus splint to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What types of hallux valgus splints are available?

There are many types of hallux valgus splints available including:


Halluxsan

The Halluxsan is a dynamic brace which provides a low load prolonged stretch to the big toe. The low profile device is easily adjustable allowing the wearer to alter the stretch the toe receives. By applying a prolonged stretch to straighten the big toe joint this can help to relieve painful symptoms.

Custom hallux valgus splint

The nature of hallux valgus means off the shelf splints are often not suitable for all patients. We are able to provide custom made splints to support your foot and help to correct the toe angle. Your orthotist will take a cast of your foot to ensure your splint accurately reflects the shape of your foot. Through the use of padding and straps your toe will be supported and braced to alleviate pain.

What is the process to be receive a hallux valgus splint?

The process to receive a hallux valgus splint would be:


If you have been diagnosed with or believe you may have hallux valgus our orthotist will assess your feet and test your range of motion at your toe joints. This will then help the orthotist to select the appropriate splint for your requirements. If a custom splint is recommended your orthotist will take a cast of your foot in order for the splint to be made. All hallux valgus splints are adjustable and your orthotist will make the appropriate adjustments prior to you wearing the splint.


Offloading AFO

An Offloading AFO is used to offload the foot and ankle, distributing the forces of walking further up the leg. Often the weight is transferred onto the patella tendon which sits just under the knee cap and is capable of withstanding a lot of pressure.

What are the indications for use of a Offloading AFO?

There are many indications for using a Offloading AFO. These include:


If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a Offloading AFO please contact us to discuss.

What conditions are Offloading AFO often used for?

Offloading AFOs are often used for conditions including:


This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a Offloading AFO please contact us to discuss.

What are the benefits of Offloading AFO?

There are many benefits that come from using a Offloading AFO. These include:


There are many benefits using a Offloading AFO to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What types of Offloading AFO is available?

Types of Offloading AFOs that may be used include:


DH Offloading Walker

The DH Offloading Walker reduces shear forces by stabilising the foot and holding the ankle at 90º. The brace has a rocker sole to enable a smooth and stable gait pattern. The DH Offloading Walker is designed to be used with the Active Offloading Insole which provides specific support when dealing with ulcerated skin.

Momentum Offloading Brace

The Momentum Offloading Brace is a bespoke carbon fibre AFO, it partially offloads the foot and ankle whilst still allowing good movement which means users can take part in high levels of activity whilst wearing the device. The brace uses an anterior knee shell to partially offload the foot and ankle combined with a solid ankle section which blocks motion and increases stability.

Zero G AFO

This AFO is an offloading brace which relieves plantar surface pressure from the foot. The Zero G is unique in the way it provides hydrostatic lift of the calf helping to maintain good circulation, the shaping and the lift created results in the foot being offloaded up to 100%.

What is the process to be receive a Offloading AFO?

The process to receive a Offloading AFO would be:


In order for you to receive the best Offloading AFO for you, you will need to meet with one of our orthotists who will complete an in depth assessment looking specifically at your gait and range of movement at your foot and ankle. Following this they will take a number of different measurements to ensure the correct sized device is selected. If the orthotist advises a bespoke device they will then need to take a plaster cast impression of your foot and leg.


Silicone AFO

An ankle foot orthosis (AFO) is a device that controls the alignment of, and provides stability to, the foot and ankle. The Silicone AFO (SAFO) is a new option for the treatment of the condition drop-foot. A SAFO helps lift the foot during the swing phase of walking by supporting from the top of the foot up to the shin area.

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What are the indications for use of a Silicone AFO?

There are many indications for using a Silicone AFO. These include:


If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a Silicone AFO please contact us to discuss.

What conditions are Silicone AFO often used for?

Silicone AFOs are often used for the following conditions:


This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a Silicone AFO please contact us to discuss.

What are the benefits of Silicone AFO?

There are many benefits that come from using a Silicone AFO. These include:


There are many benefits using a Silicone AFO to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What is the process to be receive a Silicone AFO?

The process to receive an Silicone AFO would be:


Silicone AFOs are made bespoke to your needs therefore your orthotist will need to complete a full assessment they will then take a series of measurements and a plaster cast of your foot, ankle and lower leg. By completing this process it enables the SAFO to be made specific to you. Once your SAFO has been manufactured you will meet with your orthotist to ensure the fit is perfect.


Stability AFO

A stability AFO can come in a variety of forms, they can be both off the shelf or custom made depending on your needs. A stability AFO focuses on increasing the stability of the ankle and foot which in turn can have many benefits.

What are the indications for use of a Stability AFO?

There are many indications for using a Stability AFO. These include:


If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a Stability AFO please contact us to discuss.

What conditions are Stability AFO often used for?

Reasons for providing a Stability AFO include:


This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a Stability AFO please contact us to discuss.

What are the benefits of Stability AFO?

There are many benefits that come from using a Stability AFO. These include:


There are many benefits using a Stability AFO to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What types of Stability AFO is available?

Types of Stability AFOs that may be used include:


What is the process to be receive a Stability AFO?

The process to receive a Stability AFO would be:


In order for you to receive the best Stability AFO for you, you will need to meet with one of our orthotists who will complete an in depth assessment looking specifically at your gait and range of movement at your foot and ankle. Following this they will take a number of different measurements to ensure the correct sized device is selected. If the orthotist advises a bespoke device they will then need to take a plaster cast impression of your foot and leg. This will then be used to make the bespoke AFO.


Step On

The Step On is a pre made ankle foot orthoses with the ability to be customised for your needs. The device is specifically designed for the treatment of drop foot. The Step On is unique in its design due the articulation and ability to offer adjustable dorsiflexion (lifting of your toes) assistance.

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What are the indications for use of a Step On?

There are many indications for using a Step On. These include:


If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a Step On please contact us to discuss.

What conditions are Step On often used for?

Reasons for providing Step On include:


This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a Step On please contact us to discuss.

What are the benefits of Step On?

There are many benefits that come from using a Step On. These include:


There are many benefits using an Step On to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What is the process to be receive a Step On?

The process to receive an Step On would be:


Your orthotist will therefore take a series of measurements of your foot and lower leg to ensure the correct type and size of Step On is selected. On delivery of your device, your orthotist can heat form and trim the plastic if required to give a fully personalised fit.


Toe Off

The ToeOFF is used to support the foot and ankle if you suffer from foot drop or have reduced capability in actively dorsiflexing (lifting your toes upwards). The carbon fibre properties store energy which is released to help you to push off when walking.

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What are the indications for use of a ToeOFF?

There are many indications for using a ToeOFF. These include:


If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a ToeOFF please contact us to discuss.

What conditions is the ToeOFF often used for?

The ToeOFF can be used for conditions such as:


This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a ToeOFF please contact us to discuss.

What are the benefits of ToeOFF?

There are many benefits that come from using a ToeOFF. These include:


There are many benefits using a ToeOFF to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What is the process to be receive a ToeOFF?

The process to receive a ToeOFF would be:


To ensure you receive the correct ToeOFF device for your needs your orthotist will undertake a range of movement assessment of your foot and ankle. They will also observe you walking with and without your footwear. Following this they will be able to select the ToeOFF which will provide you with the best results. In order to select the correct size your orthotist will take a series of measurements, the ToeOFF can also be trimmed and adjusted to ensure you receive the best fit possible.


Turbo Med

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The TurboMed is an orthotic device specifically designed for drop foot. It is different to conventional ankle foot orthoses in the way it attaches quickly and easily to footwear.

What are the indications for use of a TurboMed?

There are many indications for using a TurboMed. These include:


If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a TurboMed please contact us to discuss.

What conditions are TurboMed often used for?

The TurboMed can be used for the following conditions:


This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a TurboMed please contact us to discuss.

What are the benefits of TurboMed?

The benefits of using a TurboMed include:


There are many benefits using an TurboMed to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What is the process to be receive a TurboMed ?

The process to receive a TurboMed would be:


Once your orthotist has established if the TurboMed is appropriate they will then be able to trail you wearing a TurboMed. Providing you have suitable footwear we can assemble a TurboMed for you to try on the day. Once you are happy with the TurboMed the orthotist will take specific measurements and send away for your own Turbomed.

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