Foot Up Brace for Drop Foot

Foot Drop can arise from a nerve injury, stroke or disease process that effects the brain, muscles or nerve that controls foot motion. Braces such as the Foot Up are commonly used to assist the foot in elevating. The goal is to assist the foot and the provide just enough support so that if there is some muscle function it still can us used. These types of braces do not provide good support for unstable feet or ankles, but are “helper” braces to reduce tripping or having to hike up the leg excessively to clear the foot in the swing phase of the walking cycle. They can be tried out in one of our clinics to test them out. Book a no cost brace appointment at your nearest OKAPED to try out the Foot Up.


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Ossur Rebound Foot Up and Original Foot Up


Rebound Foot-Up is a lightweight ankle/foot orthosis (AFO) that offers dynamic support for foot drop or related disorders that require dorsiflexion support. The Rebound Foot-Up helps to lift the foot upwards at the ankle during swing phase. This helps to reduce tripping and having to lift the whole leg excessively. The dynamic support is provided by an elastic strap connected to the shoe by either a transparent plastic inlay placed between shoelaces, or by a nut and bolt fastened through the eyelets. The positioning of the fastening allows for individualizing the support and leverage by providing the option of positioning the dorsiflexion support on the medial or lateral side.

The elastic strap is adjustable and easily replaceable.

The Rebound Foot-Up Ankle Cuff has a smart clamp that holds the cuff in place and facilitates one-handed donning and doffing.

 

Foot-Up is a lightweight ankle-foot orthosis that offers dynamic support for drop foot or similar complaints. This revolutionary orthosis provides visible improvement in gait by supporting the foot into dorsiflexion.

  • Cushioned ankle wrap is made from a breathable,3-layer material that can be worn comfortably for long periods of time
  • Plastic inlay fits discreetly between the tongue and laces of the shoe and is practically invisible when worn

Indications

Dynamic support for drop foot or similar complaints for which support of dorsiflexion is desirable

Nerve Damage and Foot Drop


Weakness or paralysis of the muscles that elevate the foot can cause foot drop.

  • Nerve injury. The most common cause of foot drop is compression of a nerve in your leg that controls the muscles involved in lifting the foot (peroneal nerve). Compression may come from a high impact sport (Hockey stick slash), car accident or direct trauma to the nerve.
    A nerve root injury — “pinched nerve” — in the spine can also cause foot drop. People who have diabetes are more susceptible to nerve disorders, which are associated with foot drop.
  • Muscle or nerve disorders. Various forms of muscular dystrophy, an inherited disease that causes progressive muscle weakness, can contribute to foot drop. So can other disorders, such as polio or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
  • Brain and spinal cord disorders. Strokes that effect the brain or disorders that affect the spinal cord or brain — such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis may also cause foot drop.

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