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[BLOG] How to normalize gait – Dynamic AFO Foot Drop Brace after stroke

Ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) are frequently prescribed to improve gait deviation and normalize walking patterns in patients with drop foot hemiplegia disorder. In healthy individuals, the functional lower limb shortening which is hip & knee flexion and ankle dorsiflexion mainly achieve toe clearance. By the way, reduction of toe clearance of the affected foot derived from ankle joint disability(foot drop) causes the abnormal movement of knee and hip hike to compensate for the ankle movement. It is a major cause of falls in patients with foot drop disorder.


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What are Dynamic AFOs?

Conventional AFOs are used to restrict ankle plantarflexion/dorsiflexion movement, thus maintaining the hemiparetic foot in a fixed position of dorsiflexion to facilitate swing. However, this ROM restriction in the ankle joint disrupts the rhythm of gait and increases energy consumption during walking. To alleviate this issue, hinge-applied AFOs were developed to allow some ankle flexibility during the loading response on the affected lower limb, thus slightly reducing the energy cost of hemiparetic gait. It is generally called Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis(DAFO). Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis(DAFO) generally refers to a custom-made Supra-Malleolar Orthosis fabricated from thin thermoplastic material. It fits the foot intimately and the flexible and thin thermoplastic use means that DAFO can provide circumferential control of the rear and forefoot to maintain a neutral alignment. In the original designs of DAFOs, a ‘neurological’ footplate was often incorporated that consisted of a pad at the peroneal & calf site with dorsiflexing the toes.

These days, the prefabricated DAFOs are common and those are usually applied with shoes to use in daily life especially in outdoor activities.


Who needs a Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthotic (DAFO)?

  • Individuals who have had foot drop after stroke or other neurological deficits as well as nerve injuries resulting in abnormal gait.
  • Those who need to regain the rhythm of gait and increase energy efficiency during walking.

Before buying an AFO, check if the orthosis…

  • is tested by experts
  • is easy to wear with shoes
  • supports the ankle and keep dorsiflexed properly
  • keeps the ankle and foot from inverting and dropping
  • allows ankle mobility for a various movement like squat and lunge
  • provides support only where it is needed, swapping unnecessary bulk for a slim fit and cosmetically-appealing look
  • promotes balance improvement through correction of limb asymmetry and hip joint compensation

Neofect STEP Dynamic AFO


Neofect STEP is designed to support the ankle and keep the foot dorsiflexed by the Neofect’s expert physical therapist. The main purpose of AFO is to keep the ankle and foot from inverting and dropping at the initial contact and toe-off phase. Also, neutral foot positioning assist ensures a secure heel strike, while ankle joint stabilization corrects varus/valgus positioning in mid-stance. Dynamic dorsiflexion through the elastomer ankle joint ensures toe clearance during the swing phase. This can be caused by nerve injury, muscle or nerve disorders, brain or spinal cord disorders. With its flexible/supportive hinge component, an AFO helps individuals walk more naturally while lifting the foot and keeping the ankle in alignment.


Foot drop causes the toes to drag on the ground, creating the need for gait changes to compensate to clear the foot. It’s forcefully making you use those muscles that have atrophy, so you can see a difference when not wearing it. Also, it provides enough range of motion to still be able to squat, lunge and perform a higher level of balance. And the foot-plate supports approximately  of foot length. It retains flexibility and prevents paresthesia in the toes.

Neofect STEP provides a strong, lightweight solution to support people with a range of walking disorders caused by a variety of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders.


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[BLOG] What does a drop foot brace do?

You may need to consider a drop foot brace if you have difficulty with swing-phase foot clearance after stroke and/or stance phase control that affects walking. Drop Foot Brace is an ankle and foot brace for stroke, neurologic disorders, and nerve injury patients. The brace maintains foot dorsiflexion and prevents the foot from inverting during gait.

Neofect footdrop brace

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Drop Foot Brace is Helpful for the following people:

  • Individuals who have had strokes and other neurological deficits as well as nerve injuries resulting in abnormal gait.
  • Those who need ankle and foot stability to improve mobility for everyday activities.

Before buying a drop foot brace, check if the dropfoot brace…

  • is tested by experts,
  • is easy to wear,
  • is applicable with socks and shoes so you can go outdoors with it,
  • supports the ankle and keep dorsiflexed properly,
  • keeps the ankle and foot from inverting and dropping,
  • has an anti-claw toe/foot pad,
  • has different tension straps to increase ankle stability and allow blood circulation,
  • allows sensation and motion for numbness according to nerve changes

Neofect Drop Foot Brace

Based on the expertise of a physical therapist, Neofect Drop Foot Brace is designed to support the ankle and keep the foot dorsiflexed. The main purpose of the brace is to keep the ankle and foot from inverting and dropping. This can be caused by nerve injury, muscle or nerve disorders, brain or spinal cord disorders. With its ergonomic design, the brace helps individuals to walk more naturally but assisting with lifting the toes and keeping the ankle in alignment.

What is the best footdrop brace? Neofect Dropfoot brace

Foot drop causes the toes to drag on the ground, creating the need for changes in gait to compensate in order to clear the foot. A 2mm foot pad provides support to keep the toes from clawing during walking. Different strap tensions are available to increase ankle stability. 3 high tension straps and 1 low tension strap provides appropriate support to improve gait. Also, the wide main strap allows blood circulation on your ankle and foot.
To purchase Neofect Drop Foot Brace, please visit here.


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[Abstract + References] Functional Electrical Stimulation for Gait Rehabilitation – Conference paper


Conditions that can lead to a full or partial motor function loss, such as stroke or multiple sclerosis, leave people with disabilities that may interfere severely with lower body movements, such as gait. Drop Foot (DF) is a gait disorder that results in a reduced ability or total inability to contract the Tibialis Anterior (TA) muscle, causing an inability to raise the foot during gait. One of the most effective methods to correct DF is Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES). FES is a technique used to reproduce the activation patterns of functional muscles, in order to create muscular contractions through electrical stimulation of the muscle’s nervous tissue.

FES has first been introduced in 1961. However, the available commercial FES systems still do not take into account the fact that the gait differs from subject to subject, depending on their physical conditionmuscular fatigue and rehabilitation stage. Therefore, they are unable to provide a personalized assistance to the user, delivering constant stimulation pulses that are only based on gait events. Consequently, they promote the early onset of fatigue and generate coarse movements. This dissertation aims to tackle the aforementioned issues by developing a FES system for personalized DF correction, tailored to each individual user’s needs through the use of a Neural Network (NN).

A Non-Linear Autoregressive Neural Network with Exogenous inputs (NARX Neural Network) was used to model the dynamics of the electrically stimulated TA muscle, in a novel approach that uses both the foot angle and the foot velocity. The model was combined with a Proportional Derivative controller to help compensate for any external disturbances. In order to create more natural movements, reference trajectories were obtained by recording the foot angle and velocity of healthy subjects walking at different speeds.

The system has been validated with a healthy subject walking at 3 different speeds on a treadmill: 1 km/h, 1.5 km/h and 2 km/h. It was able to track the desired trajectory for every speed, thus creating a more natural movement and effectively correcting DF gait.


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[WEB SITE] Kinetic Research Flagship Ankle-Foot Orthosis

The Noodle is Kinetic Research’s flagship ankle-foot orthosis.  This patented technology creates a quick and simple solution for drop foot.   What makes this ultra-lightweight AFO special is its next generation of carbon fiber properties that allow it to maintain dynamic motion and energy return. The Noodle positions the foot correctly during the swing phase and dampens heel strike for a natural loading response, minimizing foot slap. The Noodle is available with either lateral or medial strut and is the least restrictive design for controlling drop foot.

For all off-the-shelf orders, Kinetic Research will precut the footplate to size at no additional cost. The Noodle is also available in build-to-order allowing you to adjust color, height, and flexibility.

Kinetic Research offers a variety of off-the-shelf and custom dynamic ankle braces each with its own character and effect to meet the individual needs of the user.

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[VIDEO] CVA/Drop Foot Patient Case Study & Casting – Arizona AFO – YouTube

Patient is a 48 year old male that suffered from a cerebrovascular accident which caused paralysis in the patients lower left extremity. This resulted the patient in having drop foot.

Patient was dispensed an Arizona Extended AFO which provided dorsi-flexion assist. For more information and other helpful videos, please visit us at

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[Abstract] Restoring mobility after stroke: first kinematic results from a pilot study with a hybrid drop foot stimulator (with References)



The objective was to obtain first insights into the kinematic and kinetic walking patterns resulting from an implanted functional electrical stimulation system in subjects with a drop foot caused by stroke.


Four subjects who experienced a stroke were chosen due to a comparatively long/short time after surgery and young/old at the stroke event were examined retrospectively with gait analysis. Kinematics and kinetics of normal walking were assessed in comparison with and without activated drop foot stimulation.


In general, an improvement regarding spatiotemporal parameters as a result of the stimulation could be observed. Walking speed was increased by 45 % and stride length by 22 % after a mean usage of 7 (2–14) months, whereas both younger subjects improved significantly more. Dorsiflexion increased in all subjects on average from 1.3° to 11.6° during initial contact as well as from 11.3° to 17.0° during mid-swing and therefore implies an advantage of around 5.5 inch foot clearance. Pathologic elements like knee hyperextension during loading response and mid-stance, leg circumduction during swing or the increased hip flexion of the contralateral leg during mid-stance could be in general adjusted with stimulation.


An implantable functional electrical stimulation system seems to be a promising treatment of drop feet following strokes. Further clinical investigations are necessary to confirm these first insights.

Source: Restoring mobility after stroke: first kinematic results from a pilot study with a hybrid drop foot stimulator | SpringerLink

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[VIDEO] Home remedies for my drop foot? – YouTube

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[Abstract] Thesis (Doctoral). A quantitative and qualitative exploration of changes in walking post-stroke and the impact of functional electrical stimulation for correction of dropped foot.


The research presented in this thesis explores changes in walking following a stroke, empirically at a group level and from the perspective of the individual. Walking does not appear to have been previously been systematically explored from the perspective of the individual stroke survivor. In the first phase of this research, quantitative methods were used to investigate existing gait rehabilitation interventions applied in a novel population. Problems with ‘dropped foot’ post-stroke are common and can result in trips, falls and restricted mobility. Electrical stimulation of the common peroneal nerve produces dorsiflexion and eversion to correct dropped foot and is associated with improved motor control and walking post-stroke, however most research studies have recruited people with chronic stroke to reduce sample variability. People who are less than six months post-stroke may gain added benefit from electrical stimulation as poor walking patterns may not yet have become habitual and the potential for motor recovery due to cortical reorganisation is greatest. A pilot parallel group partially single blinded randomised controlled clinical trial (n=20) identified statistically significant within group differences in mobility after the intervention period in both groups (maintained during follow-up). No statistically significant between group differences were observed apart from gait quality, which was slightly better in the intervention group. Participants in the intervention group also walked faster when stimulation was used than without it. The protocol was feasible and 144 participants per group would produce an adequately powered definitive study. Participants in the pilot clinical trial spoke about valued personal aspects of walking but these were not fully captured by the outcome measures and are not reflected in the published literature. To systematically explore changes in walking post-stroke in depth interviews with a subgroup of the original participants were undertaken using an interpretative phenomenological approach (n=4). The participants gave examples of post-stroke walking related changes in their self-perception, roles and their embodied experience of walking that are rarely mentioned in the rehabilitation literature, apart from in personal accounts written by people living with chronic illness. They spoke about walking within the context of activities that they identified as personally important. These participants valued being able to walk distances at a reasonable speed, being independent, safe and confident. They said that they missed their pre-stroke spontaneity, freedom, agility and their lost automatic body movement, which are not usually assessed in stroke rehabilitation research or reflected in published research. Areas for further work have been identified.

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[Abstract] Evaluation of the Efficacy and Robustness of a Second Generation Implantable Stimulator in a Patient With Hemiplegia During 20 Years of Functional Electrical Stimulation of the Common Peroneal Nerve.

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We evaluated the efficacy and robustness of a second generation implantable stimulator for correcting drop foot (DF) in a patient with left-sided hemiplegia over 20 years of functional electrical stimulation (FES) of the common peroneal nerve (CPN). Dorsal flexion and eversion of the affected foot was partially restored by FES of the superficial region of the CPN innervating mostly the tibialis anterior (TA) and partly peroneus longus (PL) and peroneus brevis (PB) muscles. The reasons for implant failure during the long-term follow-up assessment were analyzed and resolving procedures were identified. The stimulator had an average failure rate of once every three years, due to repetitive mechanical load on the lead wires of its internal and/or external unit, and had to be serviced once per year to replace the heel switch integrated into the shoe sole. FES-associated mechanical trauma to the CPN elicited a thickening of the connective tissue around the CPN and a slightly compromised conduction velocity of the CPN. FES of the CPN, with the second generation implantable stimulator, improved gait parameters of the affected leg during the 20 years period. Long-term, daily FES enables a functional and reliable recruitment of nerve fibers, thus providing a sufficient dorsal flexion and optimal eversion of the affected foot to sustain unassisted, almost normal gait. Therefore, the presented implant is suitable for very long-term FES of the CPN.

Source: Evaluation of the Efficacy and Robustness of a Second Generation Implantable Stimulator in a Patient With Hemiplegia During 20 Years of Functional Electrical Stimulation of the Common Peroneal Nerve – Pečlin – 2016 – Artificial Organs – Wiley Online Library

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[WEB SITE] Apex Spring Collection | Lower Extremity Review Magazine

Apex introduces its Spring Collection, designed to offer consummate style, superior comfort, and expert construction. Each pair is crafted with high-quality

Source: Apex Spring Collection | Lower Extremity Review Magazine

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