Complete Foot Drop Solutions at Total Body Orthotics:
Foot drop refers to the inability to lift the front part of the foot off the ground by contracting the muscles in your shin (Dorsiflexors). Foot drop can make walking difficult and increase your risk of falls or injury. People with foot drop may lift the knee higher or swing the leg round to avoid catching the toes when walking. This results in a very energy inefficient gait and can increase your risk of secondary complications such as knee, hip and back pain.
Foot drop is usually a symptom of an underlying condition and is not a condition in itself. Causes can include:
- Nerve injuries, such as; a sporting injury, post fall, following spinal, knee or hip surgeries or diabetes.
- Muscular disorders, such as; muscular dystrophy or poliomyelitis.
- Brain or spinal disorders, such as; Charcot Marie Tooth, Stoke, Cerebral Palsy or Multiple Sclerosis.
There are many bracing and orthotic options available for the treatment of foot drop and finding the right one for your individual needs is important to ensure the maximum benefits are achieved. Braces for foot drop are commonly known as Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs).
Fabric supports are a low profile and lightweight option for the treatment of foot drop. They usually include and elasticated or reinforced lift which can either wrap and round the foot and ankle or attach directly into the shoe. They are relatively low cost and provide a simple solution for mild drop foot. The fabric style makes it a comfortable and flexible option for daily wear.
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Plastic supports commonly known as Stock AFOs, offer increased support compared to the fabric supports. They pass down the back of the leg and under the foot, worn inside a shoe. They provide good lift for mild to moderate foot drop and provide a more supportive yet lightweight option for foot drop. These braces are usually inexpensive and the most commonly supplied style of foot drop brace in hospitals across the UK.
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Carbon Fibre Supports:
Carbon Fibre AFOs, are a lighter weight and more slim line design than the traditional plastic AFOs. They offer increased support and can be used for moderate to severe foot drop. Due to the increased support from these braces they tend to have a much longer lifespan than fabric and plastic based designs. However, they can be a more costly option. They pass down the back of the leg and under the foot, worn with footwear. However, the attachment piece passes either inside or outside of the foot reducing bulk within footwear and can accommodate for different foot postures.
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A Silicone AFO, known as a SAFO is a flexible alternative to more rigid AFOs. The SAFO provides support down the front of the leg and top of the foot to lift the foot when walking. The circumferential design can provide and increased feeling of stability in gait. It is a made to measure device which is made from a mould of your foot and is available in a range of skin tones. This device is a cosmetically pleasing and comfortable device for long term foot drop ranging from mild to severe. Due to made to measure design and the requirement for a clinical assessment it can be a more costly option if treatment needed is only short term.
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Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)
FES in the treatment of foot drop involves stimulation of the peripheral nerves that the supplied the affected muscles in the lower leg using electrodes placed on the surface of the skin. This contraction of the muscle is synchronised with the gait (walking) cycle so that the stimulators are activated when the foot is off the ground. These types of devices lead to a more natural gait pattern and reduced risk of trips and falls. These are a specialist device and require an assessment by a registered clinician to assess whether these devices are suitable. They are one of the most costly devices for foot drop, however, due to the more natural walking pattern and low profile design they are also one of the more popular devices.
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Total Body Orthotics provides a range of Foot Drop solutions for a variety of medical conditions.
Total Body Orthotics offers face-to-face clinical assessments for the provision, measurements and fitting of a wide range of orthotic devices from insoles to fully customised Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFOs). Appointments are based at our clinic at The Arcade, High Street, Eccleshall , Staffordshire, ST21 6BZ. There is a £50 assessment fee to access this service.
If you have purchased a device from us and are struggling with fitting or wear we also provide free online Zoom consultations with our orthotist where we can provide remote support and advice where possible.