Lower Extremity

Greater than 60 percent of all orthotics are for the legs or lower extremities. These devices can range from simple arch supports for the foot to complicated devices that span the entire leg and cover the hip joint as well.


The most common lower extremity device is an ankle foot orthosis (AFO).  The ankle and foot perform the critical function of moving our bodies forward, while absorbing our body weight.  The ankle is responsible for picking up the toes, so that we walk efficiently and don’t trip and fall.  AFOs are made in a wide range of materials including metal, plastic and composite materials.


Long leg braces or knee ankle foot orthosis (KAFO) are used for knee stability when there is weakness of the quadriceps or other diagnosis. For a patient who falls, or there is danger of falling, technology incorporated into the knee joints can create a smooth and efficient gait pattern by knowing when to lock and when to unlock the knee at the appropriate time while walking.


Knee orthosis are used to treat a wide range of diagnosis and conditions from preventing sports injuries to correcting severe deformities. A knee brace for osteoarthritis may help reduce pain by shifting your weight off the most damaged portion of your knee. This may improve your ability to get around and help increase the distance you can walk comfortably.