CARING FOR YOUR
ANKLE-FOOT ORTHOSIS (AFO)
Your custom designed Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO) will help correct and maintain the proper alignment and position of your ankle and foot. Ankle and foot alignment is vital for balancing and distributing your body weight. Your AFO will help correct mild to moderate foot problems and reduce associated pain. You may experience slight discomfort as you adjust to the new orthosis and proper alignment position.
Unless otherwise instructed by your orthotist, start slowly. Wear your orthosis one hour on the first day and limit yourself to low or moderate activities. Gradually increase your wearing time by one to two hours each day. You should also increase your activity level during this transition period. You will achieve the greatest long-term benefits when you consistently wear your orthosis every day.
Remove your AFO if you experience any pain or discomfort. Check your skin for areas of irritation. Some pinkness is expected in areas of maximum correction or support. However, redness should disappear within 20 minutes after orthosis is removed. Try wearing the orthosis again waiting for one or two hours. If you feel sharp, or jabbing pressure over bony areas, or if skin redness lasts longer than 20 minutes, make appointment with your orthotist for an adjustment as soon as possible.
Wash your legs and feet every day with mild soap and warm water. Rinse your skin well with clean water. Towel dry your skin thoroughly. The best time to wash is at night before bedtime. Wearing a cotton sock or stocking (which is a little higher than the top of your orthosis) under your AFO will help reduce friction and keep your skin dry. During hot and humid weather, sprinkle a little baby powder on your legs and feet before putting on the socks. You may also wish to change socks a few times during the day. These simple tips will help minimize perspiration. Check your leg, ankle and foot carefully every day for any red or tender areas. Such areas could indicate that your shoes do not fit properly, or your AFO needs and adjustment.
Select good shoes with proper support. Always try them on with the AFO to make sure you have the most comfortable fit possible. The best shoes feature a closed back and closed toe; fitting over the feet like laced-up sport shoes. Choose low heels and shoes that are slightly wider to accommodate the AFO. Your shoes must be laced snugly to hold your foot securely in place.
Your new orthosis is made from state-of- the-art materials. With typical moderate use and proper care, your new AFO last you many years. Clean your AFO whenever it becomes dirty, or has an unpleasant odor with a 50/50 solution of water and rubbing alcohol. Do not soak it in water. Allow the AFO to dry at room temperature. Direct heat can damage your AFO. Do not use a hair dryer, or place it near a heater.
Never attempt to repair, or adjust your AFO yourself.
Contact ARMAC whenever you need help or have any questions.
If your physical or emotional health and well being has changed,
please make sure to call your Doctor.
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