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:
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.
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 >
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.
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.
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.
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.