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ankle braces

Ankle Braces or Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) are special kind of braces (usually plastic) that surrounds the ankle and at least part of the foot and provide Ankle Support.

Ankle Braces are intended to control position and motion of the Ankle, compensate Ankle Support for Ankle weakness or correcttion of Ankle deformities.

Ankle Braces not only provide Ankle Support and directly control the ankle but can also be designed to control the knee joint indirectly as well.

Improper or excessive usage of Ankle Braces are believed to cause chronic joint weakness which can also affect the Ankle Support role of Ankle Braces as well.

Ankle Braces are commonly used in the treatment of disorders affecting muscle function such as stroke and spinal cord injury.

Ankle Braces can be used to support wasted limbs, or to position a limb with contracted muscles into a more normal position.

Ankle braces are also used to immobilize the ankle and lower leg in the presence of arthritis or ankle fracture, and to correct foot drop.

Ankle braces are also known as foot-drop braces.

Knee-Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO) is another kind of Knee and Ankle Braces that prvoides both knee and Ankle Support.

Knee-Ankle Foot Braces provide support in lower limb areas and can assist,stop or limit the motion of the area that the knee and ankle brace is being used for.

Ankle Foot Orthosis

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