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  Should I be wearing a foot brace? That is a good question, the following article,
deals with ankle foot orthosis braces and five of the main conditions for which an
ankle foot brace is prescribed. If you are suffering from one of the conditions
discussed below, you might need the help of a foot brace.
  Many people suffer from disorders that affect the foot and the ankle, disorders that
can affect the way a person walks, cause pain, affect muscle function, and cause
various other problems of the lower extremities. One way of treating these disorders
of the ankle and foot is through the use of a device known as an ankle foot orthosis or
an AFO. Five of the most common problems that an Ankle foot orthosis is used for
are:
  1. Disorders that affect muscle function-An AFO are a common treatment in
disorders that can impact muscle function, disorders such as a stroke, an injury to the
spinal cord, cases of muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, polio, and multiple sclerosis.
An AFO may also be used in the treatment of a condition known as peripheral
neuropathy. An AFO helps in these disorders by supplying support to the weak or the
wasted limbs or by helping to position a limb that is suffering from tight, contracting
muscles into the proper position.
  2. Sprains and fractures- In the case of a sprain or a fracture, an ankle foot orthosis
can be used to hold the affected limb in place until the sprain or the fracture can mend.
An ankle foot orthosis can give the patient freedom of movement while the healing
process takes place.
  3. Foot drop- An Ankle foot orthosis can be used to treat a condition known as foot
drop. Foot drop is a condition in which a person is unable or has difficulty in lifting
the toes and ankle. In order to compensate for this problem when walking, someone
suffering from foot drop must raise the affected limb higher to keep the foot from
dragging; this can cause an abnormal gait. Foot drop is the result of diseases that harm
the long nerves; damage to the long nerves renders the foot unable to dorsiflex (move
upward).
  4. Posterior Tibial tendon dysfunction- An ankle foot orthosis can be used in the
treatment of Posterior Tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD). Posterior Tibial tendon
dysfunction, also known as adult acquired flatfoot, is a condition in which the tendon
can no longer support the arch. Often this condition is caused by overuse, and if left
untreated (PTTD) will get progressively worse.
  5. Deformities- In cases where there are deformities that need to have the ankle or
the foot stabilized for medical reasons, an ankle foot orthosis may be used, in some
instances an ankle foot orthosis may be used to possibly even correct a deformity.
  For people who are suffering from disorders of the foot or ankle, ankle foot orthosis
is a viable treatment option. Many Ankle foot orthosis are covered under insurance
plans and under Medicare, dependent upon the reason why the brace is prescribed.
  There are many benefits that an Ankle foot orthosis provides to those who are
suffering from ankle and foot maladies. Modern medicine, combined with innovative
technology with a little plastic and metal has alleviated the sufferings of many people.
If you are someone that you know are in need of more information on Ankle foot
orthosis brace, you should contact Bracemasters for more information on other leg
brace products that Bracemasters offers. Their website is www.bracemasters.com or
you can reach them toll free at 888-790-6880, email at Info@bracemasters.com.

				
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