Patients Cerebrovascular accident
Lower limb (foot, ankle, knee, hip) orthoses (orthotics)
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After a stroke, ambulation (walking), balance, and stability may be impaired or difficult to achieve. To improve these functions, many individuals will utilize lower limb orthoses.
Depending on the extent and severity of a stroke, different orthoses may be utilized from ankle orthoses (AFOs), Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses (KAFOs), Hip Knee AnkleFoot Orthoses (HKAFO), Hip Orthoses, and others.
I encourage you to share your story and experience with orthotics, which type you use, the pros and cons, and more.
The goal is for this to be a resource for support and repository of advice regarding orthotics.
I had foot drop post stroke. I could not lift my left foot up at all after stroke. My PT said I had 1+/5 strength at the ankle, but had enough strength in the muscles around the knee to not have to have an orthotic up to the knee.
The AFO helped keep me from getting a permanent contracture as well as help me able to "ambulate".
I no longer use an AFO however. I still have deficits in walking, but much better than years ago.
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