Foot Drop Treatments

Bespoke drop foot splints & braces and WalkAide.


Drop Foot Braces (AFOs)

The Ledbrook Clinic offers a wide range of orthoses for drop foot including traditional ankle foot orthoses, FES devices like the WalkAide and orthoses made of silicone. Drop foot affects one in one hundred people and can arise as a result of an accident or in conditions such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT), Gullain Barre Syndrome, Polio, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Stroke. Due to reduced mobility in your foot, walking can be impaired, often resulting in a loss of balance and tripping.

Braces for drop foot are commonly known as Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFOs). The use of Ankle Foot Orthoses helps patients to maintain their balance, and walk without falling and aid rehabilitation. Drop foot typically affects only one foot. Depending on the underlying cause, however, it’s possible for both feet to be affected.

We supply bespoke AFO options for drop foot including:

  • Solid Ankle
  • Semi Rigid
  • Posterior Leaf Spring
  • AFO for runners and extreme sports 
  • Ground Reaction
  • Night Splints
  • Sulcus or Full Length Footplate
  • Hinged Ankle
  • Designer Patterns for children
  • Carbon Fibre

Silicone Ankle Foot Orthoses

An attractive and comfortable alternative to traditional AFOs for foot drop.
  • Allows ‘normal’ ankle/foot action
  • Improve balance and stride length whilst walking
  • Can be worn discretely with or without shoes
  • Can be worn whilst swimming or showering
  • Improved sensory feedback
  • An affordable, comfortable and attractive alternative to existing AFOs

The Silicone Ankle Foot Orthosis (SAFO®), was designed to alleviate the symptoms of drop foot and medical trials have shown this to be the case in many of the above conditions. An attractive and comfortable alternative to traditional rigid AFOs (Ankle Foot Orthoses), the SAFO® will help improve your balance, correct your walking, stop you tripping and give you a newfound sense of confidence and freedom.

The SAFO® provides support down the front of your leg and onto the top of your foot. This helps lift your foot while your leg swings during walking.

Silicone Ankle Foot Orthoses
WalkAide for Foot Drop

WalkAide for Drop Foot

A major step forward in the treatment of drop foot.
  • Easy one handed application and operation
  • Compact unit attaches below the knee
  • No orthopaedic or special shoes required
  • Can be worn barefoot or with slippers/flip-flops
  • Minimal contact area for enhanced comfort and reduced perspiration
  • May improve circulation, reduce atrophy, improve voluntary control and increase joint range of movement
  • No wires involved

WalkAide uses advanced sensor technology to anlayse the movement of your leg and foot. The system sends electrical signals to your peroneal nerve, which control your foot and ankle. The gentle electrical impulses activate the muscles to raise your foot at the appropiate time during the step cycle.

WalkAide is surprisingly small and very easy to use. Consisting of a battery operated, single channel electrical stimulator, two electrodes and electrode leads. It is applied directly onto the leg, not implated underneath the skin, which means no surgery is involved. The cuff holds the system comfortably in place, and it can be worn discreetly under most clothing. Learn more about WalkAide >

WalkOn Flex

The WalkOn Flex lifts the foot and allows a relatively high level of mobility.
  • Physiological Rollover
  • Proven high durability
  • Glass/carbon fibre composite for high flexibility
  • Allows forefoot loading for climbing stairs and squatting
  • High wearer comfort due to low weight and open heel
  • Calf strap made of temperature-regulating padding (Outlast) for improved skin hygiene and wearer comfort
  • Slim, discreet design
  • Easy to don and doff
  • Sole can be trimmed to size
  • Optional 28Z10 lateral pronation strap

The WalkOn Flex orthoses can be used for dorsiflexor weakness and with mild spasticity, for example following a stroke or traumatic brain injury, for multiple scle- rosis, neuromuscular atrophy or isolated peroneal paralysis. It is particularly recommended in cases where dorsiflexion capacity decreases following sustained activity (muscle fatigue). The WalkOn Flex is suitable for indoor and outdoor use for patients who have a stable ankle joint and no impairment of motor control of the knee. The spiral design allows a certain degree of movement in pronation and supina- tion and natural torsion at heel strike.

WalkOn Flex for Drop Foot
WalkOn Trimable Drop Foot Treatment

WalkOn Trimable

The WalkOn Trimable lifts the foot and also stabilises the ankle and knee joint.
  • Proven high durability
  • Carbon fibre prepreg material for moderate energy return
  • Allows forefoot loading for climbing stairs and squatting
  • High wearer comfort due to low weight and open heel
  • Calf strap made of temperature-regulating padding (Outlast) for improved skin hygiene and wearer comfort
  • Slim, discreet design
  • Easy to don and doff
  • Sole can be trimmed to size
  • Optional 28Z10 lateral pronation strap

The WalkOn Trimable can be used for dorsiflexor weakness with mild to moderate spasticity, for example fol- lowing a stroke or traumatic brain injury, for multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular atrophy or isolated peroneal paralysis. The WalkOn Trimable is suitable for indoor and outdoor use for patients with no or only mild impairment of motor control of the knee. Its design also allows for some instability of the knee joint. Axis deviation in the ankle joint can be accom- modated by using an appropriate insole.

FS3000 by Turbomed Orthotics

The latest AFO for runners and extreme sports

Turbomed logo AFO

This external foot drop brace will allow running, walking, hiking in mountain as long and as far as you want without any discomforts. This ankle foot orthosis (AFO), was tested in many conditions, during many marathons, triathlons, endurance activities and adventures in the wild Canadian backcountry. Unlike conventional foot drop brace, it can be fit on high hiking footwear, winter or safety boots.

WalkOn Reaction for Foot Drop

WalkOn Reaction

The WalkOn Reaction facilitates dorsiflexion and the use of ground reaction forces to influence the knee and ankle joint.
  • Highly dynamic properties (use of ground reaction force)
  • Proven high durability
  • Carbon fibre prepreg material for high energy return
  • Shin pad made of temperature-regulating padding (Outlast) for improved skin hygiene and wearer comfort
  • Pads and closures are combined: in other words, all fabric parts can be washed and replaced
  • High wearer comfort due to low weight and open heel and the anatomically designed frontal support element
  • Slim, discreet design (no orthosis in the lateral area of the ankle)
  • Asymmetrical design promoted easy, intuitive handling
  • Sole can be trimmed to size
  • 28Z10 lateral pronation strap for correcting instability in the foot and ankle area

The WalkOn Reaction supports patients with dorsiflexor weakness with no or slight-to-moderate spasticity. It can also be used for slight impairment of the plantar flexion muscles, for foot deformities that can be corrected with insoles and a lateral support element and for slight impairment of knee extension, for example constant fatigue of the knee extensors during long periods of standing or walking). The indication frequently occurs after a stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular atrophy or peroneal paralysis.

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