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Each foot brace has a different purpose and this is why it’s important to take the time to understand more about your injury / condition and its severity so that you can identify a brace which will offer the greatest set of benefits.
Drop foot is a condition affecting a person’s ability to lift the foot and toes when walking. An inability to raise the foot when walking can lead to trips and falls both when in the home and when outside.
If you’re unsure which drop foot support to select then we are here to help; chat to us online, drop us an email or even just pick up the phone and speak to a member of our team.
The motion of the foot is controlled by the ankle joint and numerous other structures such as muscle and tendons. The achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body, connecting the calf muscles to the heel. When these muscles contract they pull the tendon and lift the heel, allowing for locomotion. At the front of the leg, running down the shin, is a muscle which works to lift foot upward at the toes. The function of this muscle can be affected by muscle weakness or nerve problems following a stroke. If this muscle doesn’t function correctly it can cause the foot to drag during walking, this condition is known as foot drop or drop foot.
For those suffering with drop foot, a condition where a patient has trouble lifting their foot when walking, foot supports are designed to do one thing, stop your foot from dropping so that you reduce the risk of tripping.
Drop Foot Support: Examples include the extremely popular Foot-Up which works by attaching your ankle to your shoe or foot, depending on which option you select.
Prolite AFO: Sits behind the calf and under the foot, a rigid ‘L’ shaped foot brace for drop foot which physically prevents the foot from dropping behind 90 degrees.
Foot Up®: Slightly more discreet than the Prolite AFO and works by connecting the foot and ankle via a material wrap. Variants of the product allow it to be worn both with and without shoes and is comfortable on the skin when behind worn for long periods of time.
The Foot-Up has sold millions worldwide since first launching in 2008.
Rebound Foot Up®: An upgrade on the original drop foot support offering additional comfort, medio/lateral control and the ability for it to be put on and taken off with just one hand.
It’s a good question when there are so many different terms for what can seem to be the same product.
Brace or Support: Different words which essentially mean the same thing. You may see terms such as foot drop brace or drop foot support but the product themselves are the same in preventing the foot from dropping when the patient is mobile.
Splint: Typically a splint refers to something rigid to stop it bending, like a finger splint if you broke a finger. A foot drop splint works in exactly the same way and unlike a brace or support (which would be manufactured from material) this is rigid to physically prevent the foot from dropping.
If you’re still unsure then contact us and we can help you out.