Soft AFO Foot Drop Treatment Brace for Walking Barefoot or Inside Shoe


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Key features and benefits of this soft dorsiflexion assist support for drop foot.

Why You Need This Dorsiflexion Assist AFO for Drop Foot

Drop foot refers to the inability to lift the front of your foot off the ground by contracting the muscles in your shin, a movement known as dorsiflexion.There are a number of reasons why you might have trouble with this movement, including: 

  • Stroke

  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

  • Muscular dystrophy

  • Compression of your peroneal nerve due to habitual leg crossing

  • Diabetic nerve damage

As you probably already guessed, foot drop is not a condition, but rather a symptom of some underlying condition. Learn more about foot drop and its causes!

If you suffer from foot drop, you’re likely familiar with dragging or scuffing your forefoot across the floor as you walk. And let’s not forget the awkward, high-knee or swinging gait you probably had to adapt to counter this, which can lead to further injuries. This soft AFO (ankle foot orthosis) for foot drop helps address these cumbersome symptoms by supporting the upper portion of your foot, allowing you to move about and walk more naturally.

the difference between dorsiflexion and plantar flexion in the foot

What Is Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease? And What Does It Have to Do with Foot Drop?

Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) is a nerve disorder that causes damage to your peripheral nerves (arms and legs). This nerve damage often results in weakened muscles and loss of feeling in your legs and feet, which can make walking quick difficult. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, this AFO foot drop brace can help promote a more natural gait.

5 Reasons Why You'll Love This AFO Brace for Foot Drop

This splint for drop foot is a popular product thanks to its versatility and soft design. To be more specific, some of its best features include the following:

  1. Works Interchangeably with a Tie Shoe, Slip-On Shoe, or Barefoot

    Its two interchangeable forefoot attachments give you the ability to wear this drop foot brace with sandals, slip-on shoes, or laced shoes. Plus, it can also be used while you’re barefoot. The plastic tie insert fits between the tongue and laces of your shoe and is practically invisible. This flexibility helps it to stand out from other braces for drop foot.

  2. Breathable Fabric and Open-Heel Design

    Unlike many other AFO braces for drop foot, this product is made of a soft and thin, flexible material that fits easily inside shoes. The lack of a heel section makes this brace more comfortable to wear for all-day support.

  3. Convenient, Wrap-Around Style for Quick and Easy Adjustment

    Easily apply or remove this brace, thanks to its convenient wrap-around design. Each Velcro strap is Medical-grade, making it 10X stronger than standard, retail-grade Velcro for a secure fit throughout the day.

  4. Provides Comfortable, Daytime Support

    This soft AFO for plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, foot drop, and more holds your foot close to a 90-degree angle, providing a consistent stretch to your plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, and calf muscle, while also promoting a more natural gait. Many braces for plantar fasciitis only provide nighttime support, but this dorsiflexion assist was specifically designed for daytime use.

    Looking for nighttime support? Check out our soft dorsal night splint or sleeping stretch boot!

  5. Adjustable Buckle Strap for Customizable Dorsiflexion Control

    The center release buckle has a simple-to-use contact-release, which makes it easy to switch out the attachments, whenever necessary. And you can easily adjust the tension by simply pulling the buckle strap tighter for increased dorsiflexion or loosen for less support throughout the day.

Frequently Asked Questions About This Ankle Foot Orthosis Treatment  

  • What conditions/injuries does this ankle stabilizer treat? This dorsiflexion assist orthosis helps manage discomfort due to foot drop, post CVA (stroke), Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, plantar fasciitis, diabetic neuropathy, mild muscular dystrophy, Achilles tendonitis, and post-spinal cord surgery.

  • How does it work? This daytime splint for foot drop and plantar fasciitis holds your foot at a 90-degree angle, supporting your foot and eliminating discomfort.

  • When should I wear it? This foot drop brace is meant to be worn throughout the day for support, with or without shoes. We also offer a variety of nighttime foot supports for bedtime use.

  • What is it made of? This latex-free brace for drop foot is made out of breathable foam laminate, nylon straps, a center release buckle, and medical-grade Velcro closures.

  • Who can wear this brace? Men and women of all ages can benefit from the stretch and support provided by this soft AFO brace.

  • What size should I buy? Size S/M fits ankle circumferences ranging from 8”-10” and size L/XL fits ankle circumferences ranging from 9.5”-12.5”. It can be worn on your left or right foot, with or without socks.

  • How do I put it on?

    • Slip-On Application: If a slip-on option is desired, grasp foot sleeve and slide over foot arch, making sure to strap with buckle in on top of your foot. Wrap bottom calf strap just above your ankle and secure underneath buckle strap. Adjust strap with buckle to achieve the desired flexion of the foot. Remove and reattach small Velcro piece near the top for more support. Wrap top calf strap around leg and secure to desired comfort level, wrapping over buckle strap.

    • Lace Shoe Application: Press buckle to undo foot sleeve. Wrap calf wrap around leg and secure at desired comfort level, making sure strap with buckle is on the top of your leg. Undo the first half of shoestrings. Lace shoestrings thru tie insert securing shoestrings at desired comfort level. Attach tie insert to calf wrap. Adjust strap with buckle to achieve desired flexion of foot, moving the small Velcro piece near the top for more support.

  • How tall is this brace? The S/M is 9” tall and the L/XL is 11” tall.

  • Washing Instructions: Close all Velcro closures and hand wash in warm water with mild soap. Allow brace to air dry completely before reapplying. Do not use high temperatures to wash or dry.

  • Other features:

    • Can be worn with or without socks

    • Breathable, open-heel design

    • Highly adjustable, strapping system for optimal support

  • Color: Black.

The sizing on the soft AFO foot drop treatment brace comes in two sizes, s/m fits ankle circumferences from 8
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