The Silicone Ankle Foot Orthosis (SAFO) Assessment



A clinical assessment for the SAFO will be required by one of our specialist clinicians to ensure suitability and assess the correct SAFO device needed. Our specialist, fully certified clinicians are available at our new clinic location based in Minworth, Birmingham or to travel to you to carry out a full assessment. A £50 assessment cost is required to access this service (There may be additional costs for travel expenses).

If you have any questions please contact a member of the team using our online enquiries form or by emailing

The Silicone Ankle Foot Orthosis (SAFO)

The SAFO supports you during each and every step

Fabricated from silicone, the silicone ankle foot orthosis (SAFO) is an alternative to conventional orthoses for dorsiflexor weakness. In contrast to conventional ankle foot orthoses, the SAFO supports your foot not from below but across the arch of the foot from above in order to prevent the foot from dropping.

The great advantage of this principle is that thanks to the thin, flexible sole, you can feel the ground conditions directly and detect uneven surfaces such as stones and doorsteps. The result: enhanced safety and self-confidence when walking.

Since the SAFO is worn directly on the foot, it can be worn without firm shoes. You can even go barefoot. This lets you wear the orthosis throughout the day even when you’re swimming, bathing, or showering – out and about, at the pool or at home.


Thanks to optimum fit of the SAFO on the foot and joint, the orthosis offers you inconspicuous, elegant support in everyday life without being bulky. This makes it comfortable to wear the orthosis when you’re out and about, but especially at home as well. Using soft yet sturdy silicone guarantees that the orthosis remains comfortable to wear over longer periods as well.

Due to its material properties, you can also apply for the SAFO as a waterproof walking aid in addition to your conventional orthosis. Ask your O&P professional for further information. Whether you’re at the beach while swimming or in the city, you can always rely on the SAFO. The water resistance and breathability of the material means the orthosis can be worn during a range of sports and everyday activities, whether you’re barefoot or wearing firm shoes.

With daily care on the inside and outside, you can wear your orthosis every day from morning to evening. All you need to clean it is water and pH-neutral soap.

Easy to apply
The SAFO is easy to close with a hook-and-loop closure. Two versions are available: The SAFO ONE is discreetly fastened at the foot with an integrated hook-and-loop closure. The SAFO Walk is even easier to fasten using a hook-and-loop closure on the outside – but is also a bit more noticeable in comparison to the SAFO ONE.

Available for Paediatrics
The SAFO versions are available for children as well. Your child’s willingness to wear the orthosis is significantly influenced by the option of custom-shaping it as well as its high level of comfort.

High-grade material
The chosen silicone material is hypoallergenic and breathable. This is important as the SAFO is worn directly on your skin. The risk of skin irritations and abrasions is very low thanks to the custom fit.

Custom made design and fit
The SAFO can be made as inconspicuous as possible using one of the seven available skin tones.