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Key Features

Custom fabricated from cast
Fully integrated padding
Proximal posterior
blocks plantarflexion, allows free dorsiflexion, and provides additional medial/lateral stability
Full wrap-around shell
for flexible control of foot position and alignment
Defined plantar surface contours

Indications

  • For patients who are younger/smaller.
  • For patients who have strong patterns of pronation or supination.
  • For patients who have excessive plantarflexion; very little voluntary control of the ankle, consistent toe walking.
  • For patients who have strong hyperextension of the knee.

This lighter weight brace should NOT be used to control excess dorsiflexion in a crouching patient.

Product video | DAFO 3

This product video looks at the function and features of the custom fabricated DAFO® 3.

Product video | DAFO 3

Before & After: Excessive Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO 3

This before-and-after video shows a young patient with a diagnosis of schizencephaly. She exhibits excess plantarflexion (toe walking). Her excess plantarflexion is improved by wearing DAFO 3s, Cascade Dafo's plantarflexion-block custom-fabricated AFOs. The DAFO 3 combines full wrap-around foot control with a solid proximal posterior upright that blocks ankle plantarflexion and allows free dorsiflexion. This brace style is particularly well-suited for smaller patients as it is both light, and simple in form and function.

Before & After: Excessive Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO 3

Justin: Excessive Plantarflexion

The video shows Justin, a 4-year-old boy with Cerebal Palsy (hemiplegia), using a custom-fabricated DAFO 3 on his affected side, to control excessive plantarflexion (toe walking). This video is narrated by the patient's pediatric physical therapist, Nancy Shapiro. It shows Justin with and without the DAFO during his physical therapy session. Includes commentary about various physical therapy activities, including using a treadmill to work with pediatric patients.

Justin: Excessive Plantarflexion

Case study | Excess plantarflexion: a view of the same patient at age 2 and age 7

This case study video shows the same patient, Summer, at age 2 and age 7. Summer has a diagnosis of schizencephaly and exhibits strong excess plantarflexion (toe walking) with high muscle tone. At age 2, she wears a pair of custom fabricated DAFO 3 Softy plantarflexion block orthoses to help control foot position. At age 7, Summer wears a pair of custom fabricated DAFO 2 orthoses -- hinged plantarflexion block style orthoses. This video is narrated by the patient's orthotist: Cindy Diener, CPO.

Case study | Excess plantarflexion: a view of the same patient at age 2 and age 7

Brace movement | DAFO 3

This video demonstrates how the leg and ankle move in the DAFO 3.

Brace movement | DAFO 3

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.

Brace movement | DAFO 3 and DAFO 2