Research presented in March at the American Association of Orthotists & Prosthetists meeting in Atlanta reported that switching patients with foot drop from a molded plastic ankle foot orthosis (AFO) to energy reflecting carbon open-heel AFOs made by Rockaway, NJ-based Allard USA significantly increased calf circumference eight weeks after the change.
After eight weeks of wear, calf circumference and all other data measures except for walking speed and distance increased significantly from baseline. Investigators concluded that calf atrophy observed in patients with foot drop is not just a result of their neurological deficits, but also is influenced by the calcaneal immobility linked to wearing molded AFOs.
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