Addressing the toes – Long Containment vs. Soft Containment

March 08, 2024

There are many reasons to select toe containment on our custom braces, and Cascade DAFO offers different types of containment to suit different needs. So how do you tell what to pick? We have a quick breakdown between the two styles to help you decide what is best for your patient’s needs:

Long Containment- This is a solid extension of our plastic medial or lateral wall. It is a much more rigid structure and is ideal for controlling strong AB/ADduction or in-toeing/out-toeing. For added comfort and protection, padding can be requested to the extended containment. Long containment can be trimmed and adjusted as necessary during fitting or after some use. For help on how to adjust medial or lateral containment, check out or our YouTube site for helpful how-to guides!

Soft Containment- This is a firm foam extension added to our standard flexible trim lines. Despite being less rigid, it still provides a firm, comfortable support for control. Our soft containment is longer, extending to the end of the brace footplate, but is simple to work with and easy to trim back. Soft containment is standardly sent attached on our braces but it can also be requested unattached for fitting or to add after some use.

On our braces with inner liners, any request for containment will extend the trim of our inner liner material. The wall of the outer AFO shell may also be extended upon request to offer more rigid containment.

If you have any questions or would like recommendations for what would work best for you, feel free to contact us at or call 800.848.7332, Monday – Friday 7 AM – 2:30 PM PST.