Documents & Videos: plantarflexion
DAFO Optimization Index
A catalog of optimizations, grouped by patient presentation, that may improve brace fit and function for your patient.
Brace movement | DAFO 3 and DAFO 2
This video demonstrates how the leg and ankle move in the DAFO 3 as compared to the DAFO 2. Both braces are designed to block excess plantarflexion which can present as toe walking or knee hyperextension.
Before and After: Excess Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO Tami2
In this before-and-after video, a young boy with hemiplegia wears a DAFO Tami2 to control toe walking on his affected side. The custom-fabricated DAFO Tami2 is an articulated AFO with Tamarack hinges (straight or dorsi-assist). This two-part orthosis has a flexible, polyethylene liner to comfortably maintain or correct foot alignment. The outer frame has a plantarflexion stop (also available in a free-ankle version).
Before and After: Excess Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO 2
In this before and after video, a young boy wears hinged DAFO 2s to help control excess plantarflexion (toe walking). The custom-fabricated DAFO 2 combines full wrap-around foot control with a hinged proximal up-right to block plantarflexion.
Before & After | Strong Knee Hyperextension | DAFO 3
This before-and-after video shows a young patient with strong knee hyperextension wearing DAFO 3s. The solid proximal-posterior upright of the DAFO 3s block her excess plantarflexion, preventing her from hyperextending at the knee. Because there is no proximal anterior strap, her leg is free to move into dorsiflexion.
Article: Multiple Presentations and Therapy Goals
A Dafo Dynamic article by Vicki Schwartz, PT and Loretta Sheldon, COA. A prime example how external circumstances can play a critical role in the brace selection process for multiple presentations.