Swedish AFO Extra Strong Foot Drop Ankle and Foot Support
Drop foot is a condition often caused by neurological impairment that can cause your foot to catch on uneven surfaces or stairs when you walk, potentially leading to dangerous trips and falls. The Swedish AFO Extra Strong Foot Drop Ankle and Foot Support has been designed to stabilise the ankle joint at the ideal level of dorsiflexion and correct your gait by limiting the speed at which the foot plantarflexes during loading response.
- 1 x Swedish AFO Extra Strong Foot Drop Ankle and Foot Support
Who Can Benefit From An Extra Strong AFO?
Anyone who is experiencing neurologically impairing conditions, examples include but are not limited to:
- Cerebrovascular accident
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Spinal stenosis
- Disc herniation
- Multiple sclerosis
- Diabetes mellitus
- Direct injury to the peroneal nerve
Which Size Should I Choose?
The Swedish AFO Ankle and Foot Support is available for either the right or left foot in four sizes to fit the majority of users. Please refer to our sizing table below for more information, paying attention to the 'Support Height' as well as your 'Foot Length' to ensure the support will fit comfortably beneath your knee. If your foot length falls within two sizes it is advised that you select the larger size, as the AFO can be trimmed down.
|Size ||Foot Length (cm) ||Support Height (cm) |
|Small ||22 - 24.5cm (UK Size 3 - 5.5) ||28cm |
|Medium ||25 - 27.5cm (UK Size 6.5 - 9.5) ||29cm |
|Large ||26 - 28cm (UK Size 8 - 10) ||34cm |
|Extra Large ||Over 28cm (UK Size 10.5+) ||39cm |
Please note that the UK shoe sizes listed above are for reference only, and the 'foot length' measurement is a more precise fitting metric.
Key Features and Benefits
- Designed to provide comfortable support to those with drop foot
- Made with lightweight carbon fibre and reinforced plastic for durability and spring
- Materials provide a spring on the upstep to support a more natural gait
- Footplate is easily trimmed for the best fit possible
- Extremely easy to apply and remove for improved compliance
- Included carbon fibre improves 'memory' of the brace for better assistance
- Open-heel design allows the AFO to fit easily into most footwear
- Provides excellent assistance for improving dorsiflexion
- Supplied with an easily attachable instep strap
- Foot strap helps prevent migration
What Is Drop Foot and Why Is It Dangerous?
Drop foot gait is usually caused by neurological impairment that is often characterized by excessive hip and knee flexion along with uncontrolled plantar flexion of the foot after heel contact. Poor toe clearance during swing can increase a patient’s risk of tripping or falling. In addition, excessive equinus may predispose the affected foot to initiate contact with the toe rather than the heel, and the resulting altered gait pattern can also contribute to the risk of injury or falls.
Does My Leg Circumference Matter?
The Swedish Extra Strong AFO features a strap design that allows for easy adjustment. Due to this fact, it should be suitable for most users.
Will The Swedish AFO Fit In My Shoe?
The Swedish AFO is suitable for use with most kinds of footwear, from trainers, to boots, to slippers. The open heel makes it highly versatile, allowing it to fit into the vast majority of footwear with ease.
How Durable is The Swedish AFO?
As the name suggests, this Swedish AFO is extra strong. It's made with carbon fibre, providing a good deal of rigidity and strength while still retaining the 'spring' needed to provide a comfortable and natural gait.
Can I Trim This Support?
Yes, you can trim the Swedish AFO to ensure it fits comfortably into your footwear. This can be done with heavy-duty scissors, and is easiest when done in conjunction with a heat moulding device or hair dryer to soften the material before cutting. Please exercise caution when trimming your AFO, as it cannot be returned once trimmed.
Is This AFO Better Than a Plastic Support?
While most braces for foot drop are made of plastic, this support is manufactured with carbon fibre and reinforced plastic. These materials make this drop foot support stronger than other similar versions, and provide it with slightly more spring to provide a more natural walking pattern.
Is This Support Comfortable?
The Swedish AFO Extra Strong Support features an open heel to fit into most shoes easily. The design of this 'foot up splint' has been updated recently to improve its strength while remaining light. Constructed with calf padding, the support helps prevent unpleasant pressure from building so you remain at ease throughout use.
Will the Swedish AFO Get Hot in the Summer?
Compared to similar supports, this AFO is made with a lower profile and breathable design. This will help to keep it cool in the summer, and will minimise the chance of overheating.
Is The Swedish AFO Discreet?
This support is made with a relatively slim design, meaning it will be discreet when worn with most clothing.
Is the Swedish AFO Supplied with a Liner Pad?
Yes, a foam padded calf liner pad is included in your purchase of the Swedish AFO.
Will I Be Able to Walk Comfortably With the Swedish AFO?
The spring effect that this support provides helps to stabilise your joint, providing a slight assistance when lifting off for each step. This results in a smoother and much more natural gait that makes walking more comfortable for the user.
Is This Item Available with VAT Relief?
Yes, this product is eligible for VAT relief. If you are eligible to claim relief from VAT, you can complete the self-certification form available on our VAT Relief page, where more information on the subject is available.
How Do I Fit the Swedish AFO?
Where necessary, the AFO Foot and Ankle Support can be trimmed at the end of the foot section with scissors so it fits you as closely as possible. The edges can be rolled with sandpaper to ensure no sharp elements are left that may catch on the shoe or skin. Where necessary, the AFO can be thermoformed to ensure that it fits and conforms perfectly to the leg.
Next, perform the following actions to fit the support to your foot and ankle:
- Insert the AFO into the shoe
- Put the shoe on with the AFO already inserted
- Fasten the pad on the calf
- Pull the Velcro strap around the calf
- Where necessary, use the included foot strap to secure the support
Can I Wash This Support?
Hand wash the calf pad in lukewarm water (30°C) with neutral soap, then rinse thoroughly and dry away from heat. When you wash the plastic section of the AFO, simply wipe with a sponge soaked in a solution of warm water and neutral detergent, then dry it with a cloth.