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New Lenox, IL – Foot Drop Braces / AFO (Ankle Foot Orthosis) – Walking Problems

Lady walking Dog New Lenox, IL   Foot Drop Braces / AFO (Ankle Foot Orthosis)   Walking Problems  Do you have difficulty walking?

  Do you want to get rid of your cane? – This information can help you.

Foot drop is something which many of you might be experiencing.  A person can easily        become frustrated having to drag the toes while walking, in fear that this can result in a fall. For many readers, walking problems might exist every time you take a step.

What is foot drop?

Foot drop can be explained in different ways. If you find yourself dragging your toes while walking, then this will be referred to as foot drop by your doctor. If your foot points downward, then that too is known as foot drop. The difference between the two is that in the former, your muscles have to work extra hard to keep your foot raised up, while in the latter, your foot is aiming downwards. Your muscles are forcing your toes to be pushed downwards beyond the height of your heel. This is called a contracted plantarflexed position. In this position, muscles are functioning vigorously. In order to bring your foot to a neutral position, the extent to which you have to move your ankle joint determines whether you have a flexible or ridged foot drop.

Solution for Foot Drop

The first thing that you should do is visit a licensed orthotist.  They provide you with braces which can quickly assist you, making your pace more effortless and smooth. There is always an option of using electrical stimulators known as the WalkAide, that might be an option for you as well.

Custom ankle foot orthoses are offered by orthotists.  An orthosis is the support or brace that aids in walking. The braces are designed to be put in the shoe, holding your foot so that it is held up while you walk.  This will prevent you from dragging your feet while walking. The braces function in such a way that they hold your ankle as well as providing support to the knee, preventing it from cracking or collapsing.

A variety of braces are available, most are made of thermoplastic. There are some made of metal and leather that are fastened to the shoe using a stirrup. You may ask your orthotist to assist you in choosing the best brace for yourself.

Is taking guidance from a brace professional necessary?

The main expertise of orthotists is in the area of bracing.  Credentials are obtained by licensed orthotists by passing very tough exams in the related field. Also, they are required to take up continuing education even after passing their exams, thus enhancing their credibility. Working with an orthotist can be beneficial because they can assist you in collaborating with health insurance companies. Depending on the terms of the contract, it is possible for braces to be completely covered by insurance.

To sum it all up, a brace can bring a good change in your walking style by helping you to walk more easily and quickly, with improved balance.

If you live in New Lenox, or a surrounding area, give Rinella Orthotics a call today at 815-717-8970.

You can also see the video on Kathy V.E.  She shows people how her AFO has greatly changed the way she walks and she doesn’t nearly need a cane at all anymore!  Videos are found in the testimonial section. http://www.rinella-op.com/our-testimonials/

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