Drop Foot Lifter is a lightweight ankle-foot orthosis that offers dynamic support for drop foot or similar complaints. This revolutionary orthosis provides a visible improvement in gait by supporting the foot into dorsiflexion.
- Cushioned ankle wrap is made from a breathable, 3-layer material that can be worn comfortably for long periods of time
- Plastic inlay fits discreetly between the tongue and laces of the shoe and is practically invisible when worn
Foot drop describes the inability to raise the front part of the foot due to weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the foot. As a result, individuals with foot drop scuff their toes along the ground or bend their knees to lift their foot higher than usual to avoid the scuffing, which causes what is called a “stoppage” gait. Foot drop can be unilateral (affecting one foot) or bilateral (affecting both feet). Foot drop is a symptom of an underlying problem and is either temporary or permanent, depending on the cause.
Causes include: neurodegenerative disorders of the brain that cause muscular problems, such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, and cerebral palsy; motor neuron disorders such as polio, some forms of spinal muscular atrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease); injury to the nerve roots, such as in spinal stenosis; peripheral nerve disorders such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease or acquired peripheral neuropathy; local compression or damage to the peroneal nerve as it passes across the fibular bone below the knee; and muscle disorders, such as muscular dystrophy or myositis.
Drop Foot Lifter Features
The Drop Foot Lifter is a unique drop foot AFO (ankle-foot orthoses) that attaches around the ankle and then hooks to the laces of your shoes. This is a comfortable and easy to use a brace for those with very mild drop foot. In general, if you can still dorsiflex your foot, but it is just not as strong as the other foot, then this brace might work well. If you have little or no dorsiflexion strength (the ability to bring your toes up toward your leg).
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