Lower Extremity Orthotics

What's Right for You?

Orthotic braces, or orthoses, are used to provide support to a weakened body part or joint. While many times they are worn for a short period of time, usually after an injury or surgery, some braces are used to address long term or chronic conditions.

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Types of Orthotics


& Choosing Yours

Some orthotic braces are used passively, meaning they simply support the injured or weakened body part. A common example of this type of device is an ankle foot orthoses (AFO) that is used to address drop foot, a common symptom after a stroke that results in the loss of the ability to control the ankle joint. The use of an AFO in this situation maintains the correct position of the foot and ankle, allowing the patient to walk without stumbling and potentially falling.

Other orthotic braces offer a more active role in that they not only support the weakened body part, but also provide a counterforce that achieves a desired outcome. A common example of this type of device is a knee orthoses that is due to treat osteoarthritis a common disease that causes pain as a result of bone surfaces contacting each other. Osteoarthritis orthoses are used to separate the bones and reduce pain and inflammation as a result.

Your physician, in consultation with the provider of your orthoses, determined the style and type of orthosis that best meets the need of your individual condition. Depending on the style and complexity of your orthosis, you may have been seen by an orthotist, an allied healthcare provider who is specially trained in the fabrication and fitting or orthotic braces.

Functional Foot Orthoses

These devices are worn inside the shoe(s). By providing corrective forces, foot orthoses can help those with problems they have in their feet, knees, hips and back.

AFO (Ankle-Foot-Orthoses)

This is the most common type of orthotic device used. An AFO is used to control the motion and position of the foot and ankle in order to support weakness, control deformities or to provide support and corrective forces for a variety of issues related to the foot and ankle. AFOs can be made from Polymer (plastic), metal/leather and carbon fiber.

KO (Knee Orthoses)

KO (Knee Orthoses): These devices support the knee for a variety of issues ranging from ligamentous injury such as a torn meniscus or ACL to osteoarthritis. Additionally, Kos are used post operatively to protect and limit the range of motion to the knee following surgery.

KAFO (Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthoses)

KO (Knee Orthoses): These devices support the knee for a variety of issues ranging from ligamentous injury such as a torn meniscus or ACL to osteoarthritis. Additionally, Kos are used post operatively to protect and limit the range of motion to the knee following surgery.

C-Brace Orthotronic Mobility system

Many of the orthotists at CTOPS are certified in providing C-Brace technology. Unlike traditional KAFOs, the C-BraceĀ® reacts intelligently to the entire movement sequence. The unique combination of sensor technology and an integrated microprocessor makes it possible to control hydraulic stance and swing phase in real time.

HKAFO (Hip-Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthoses)

The HKAFO provides maximum stability at the hip, knee, foot and ankle. It can be fabricated from polymer, carbon composites, hybrid variations, leather and metal .Various styles of hip, knee, and ankle joints are available as per patient presentation and diagnosis. HKAFOs are used for a number of conditions like muscular imbalance and/or weakness, paralysis (spinal cord injury, spina bifida, myelomeningocele), cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and MS