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Push Ortho Ankle Foot Orthosis (Push Ortho AFO) £189.99
The new Push AFO offers excellent support in the case of loss of ability to lift the foot and problems in controlling the foot when walking. The innovative design allows for a natural gait and makes safe and efficient walking possible again.
For full fitting and customising instructions please download this PDF - Push AFO fitting instructions
The ortho Ankle Foot Orthosis is an AFO ankle brace from premium brace manufacture Push, lifts the foot during the swing phase, controls the plantar flexion after heel strike and then allows unimpeded rolling of the foot. In addition, the orthosis offers lateral stability to the ankle joint. The elastic straps of the Push AFO are adjustable. This allows the degree of dynamic foot lift during the swing phase to be determined according to the individual needs of the user. On heel strike, the restraining function of the elastic straps ensures a well-controlled plantar flexion. During stance phase, the Push AFO allows flexion and extension in the ankle joint and allows the (remaining) function of the calf muscles to be addressed during the rolling of the foot. The result is an efficient and natural gait. Where normally the shoe allows for fixation of the orthosis around the foot, the Push AFO has its own fixing strap system. This innovative construction allows the Push AFO to be used with light footwear such as indoors in slippers.
The Push AFO works in different types of shoes and does not require a special (tailor-made) shoe.
The Push ortho Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) - How it works
The lightweight, glass fibre reinforced frame is the basis for the soft shell and functional straps which also help provide lateral stability to the ankle joint. The elastic straps control the plantar flexion after heel strike and ensure a neutral foot position during the swing phase.
Designed for daily use
The innovative construction and the unique combination of functions of the Push AFO offer advantages in various usage situations such as walking on rough surfaces, getting up from a chair, climbing stairs and slopes. The advantage is in the efficient execution of the movement, the comfort experienced and the feeling of security. At night the Push AFO can be used as a night splint to prevent cramping or hanging of the foot. It is advised not to overly tighten the non-elastic strap system and not to close the elastic straps crosswise but to close them loosely along the side of the leg.
The Push AFO is available in three sizes in a left and right execution.
Place the foot at a 90-degree angle in relation to the lower leg, in order to measure the exact size.
Firstly please measure the circumference around the heel and the instep of the foot as shown in the image above to give you a size in CM's, secondly then see table to take your shoe size into account (Eur sizes) if your circumference measurement is on the border between 2 sizes or if you are currently suffering from a swollen foot.
The Push AFO must at various points be adjusted to size by a fitting professional.
There are 3 reviews with an average rating of 5.00
Donal from IrelandOwner01 April 2019 12:16
I have had three other AFOs, each of which had pros and cons. I could not find one AFO that would work with all types of shoes. The most successful AFO of the three that I owned, was around 6 times the price of the Push AFO and only worked with a certain type of shoe.
Having purchased the Push AFO, I have to say it is excellent. It works with all types of shoes, is very lightweight and easily adjustable. I have being using it daily for about 3-4 weeks and have had no issues whatsoever. Without wearing this AFO, I would typically trip up within taking 10 steps. I use a Fitbit and typically hit 11-12k steps a day with no trips. Very impressed with the product.
Gavin from United KingdomOwner29 July 2017 21:10
As I suffer from foot drop, I've tried a few different AFOs over the years but this is the best one for me. NHS versions do work but the rigid feel and poorly positioned rivets often cause cuts to my leg, making them very uncomfortable. I also purchased a really expensive one but it just wasn't for me, partly as the instructions were in German! The Push AFO has so far proved a game changer, its super light and so comfortable and my gait has improved hugely. I've worn it daily for three weeks and have taken walks of up to 4 hours straight and this hasn't let me down, in fact my calf muscle which has suffered due to a loss of muscle mass over the years has started to grow and is obviously being stimulated by this brace.. My only reservation is whether the velcro will stand the test of time, I probably readjust it every few hours as it can loosen very slightly, but it's generally very strong and hasn't shown any signs of weakening and think binding a bandage tighter over the top is an option if required. The difference this product has made to my mobility so far has been massive and I don't have to look down at the floor when walking as know my toes are clearing the ground. My hip is not swinging to lift my foot and going up and down stairs has become so much easier too. Although it's not the cheapest, I personally think if I bought one or two per year it's of huge value and therefore worth every penny as for me this is the best AFO available.
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First grade ankle sprain involves stretching of the ligament with only a small amount of ligament tearing and features a low degree of swelling.
The joint remains stable and there is no loss of function, and the patient can generally bear weight either partially or fully.
Second grade ankle sprains involve stretching of the ligament, with partial tearing, and involve moderate-to-severe swelling, and bruising.
The joint will be moderately unstable and there will be moderate loss of function, and weight bearing may prove difficult.
Third grade ankle sprain injuries involve complete rupture of the ligament. Swelling and bruising of the area will be immediate, and pain will be severe.
The joint will be moderately to severely unstable, and weight bearing will involve severe pain.
Generally known as “going over on the ankle”, an ankle sprain is generally an inversion movement where the outside (lateral side) of the ankle rotates towards the ground resulting in damage to the lateral ligaments. Eversion injuries are much less common and are characterised by the inside (medial side) of the ankle moving towards the ground with resultant damage to the medial ligaments.
The most common ligament to be damaged is the Anterior Talofibular Ligament
The above graded classification tends to be used for diagnostic purposes, while in the absence of X Rays, broken ankles tend to be excluded if the patient can walk on the ankle.
In an ankle sprain, physical examination will tend to show tenderness, swelling and bruising. The degree of each presentation will be indicative of the grade of sprain, or indeed if a fracture is present. Bruising may appear at the heel rather than the site of the injury.
Tenderness at the medial or lateral malleolus, mid foot bones or fifth metatarsal may indicate the presence of a fracture, and range of motion must be examined to exclude tendon ruptures.
Gentle passive replication of the inversion movement in lateral sprains should cause pain, and plantar flexion should also aggravate the symptoms.
In the acute situation the traditional PRICEs regime should be initiated.
(P)rotection is generally provided with a “Walker Boot” e.g. Aircast Air Select or Air Select Short or ankle support such as the Push Aequi ankle brace.
(R)est promotes healing, but gentle pain free movement should be encouraged.
(I)ce in the form of ice packs, ice bags or wraps will help reduce swelling in the acute phase.
(C)ompression using an elasticated bandage or compressive brace or wrap.
(E)levation above the level of the heart when possible.
Recently, however, some practitioners have been finding remarkable results in reducing swelling using lymphatic drainage techniques with Kinesiology Tape.
In patient with ongoing weakness in the ankle joint, and in athletes generally it may be useful to use athletic taping techniques or bracing to help prevent recurrent ankle sprains.
Generally, taping is effective only when applied with the skill of a trained therapist, and may only be useful for short periods, as movement tends to loosen the tape.
Support braces may be more useful for patients in the non elite category without the back up of the sports medicine team available at most clubs.
Published: July 8, 2011
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