Collier KAFO Orthotics

Knee Ankle Foot Orthotics

A well-designed and fitted KAFO orthotics device should augment weight-bearing stability in stance and assist forward progression.

Kafo wrap1_600pxA KAFO device is a long-leg orthosis that spans the knee, the ankle, and the foot in an effort to stabilize the joints and assist the muscles of the leg. While there are several common indications for lower limb orthosis; muscle weakness and paralysis of the leg are the ones most frequently indicated. The most common causes of muscle weakness include:

  • Poliomyelitis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • spinal cord injury

Knee-ankle-foot orthotics (KAFO) consist of a plastic AFO or an AFO with metal uprights, a mechanical knee joint, and a plastic thigh cuff or 2 metal thigh bands. KAFO’s can be used in quadriceps paralysis or weakness to maintain knee stability and control flexible genu valgum or varum. KAFO’s are also used to limit the weight bearing of the thigh, leg, and foot with quadrilateral or ischial containment brim. A KAFO is more difficult to don and doff than an AFO, so it is not recommended for patients who have moderate-to-severe cognitive dysfunction.

Each KAFO is custom-made to the specific requirements of the individual. There are numerous design options available that make the Orthosis both functional and comfortable. A detailed evaluation of the patient allows us to suggest the best available component combination.

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You can read more about KAFO orthotics and lower limb orthosis at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists website.

 

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