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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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The calf muscle is found at the back of the lower leg and is comprised of three muscles: the plantaris, the gastrocnemius and the soleus. These 3 muscles are referred to as ‘the triceps surae’, and they attach to the Achilles tendon.
They are responsible for extending the foot (plantar flexion) and bending the leg at the knee joint.
The Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone (the calcaneus). The soleus sits deep to the gastrocnemius, with the plantaris muscle and part of its tendon located between these two muscles.
A calf strain occurs as a result of these muscles being torn or pulled. When a muscle is stretched, small micro tears occur in the muscle fibres. The severity of these tears depends on the depth and suddenness of the stretch. There are three different degrees of calf strain: grade 1 is a mild strain, grade 2 moderate to severe pain and a grade 3 strain is a complete rupture.
A calf strain occurs when the calf muscles are over stretched. This can be caused by a sudden, abrupt movement or as a result of over use.
Insufficient warm up or cool down is a common cause of calf strain.
A sudden change of direction, explosive movement or increase in speed can result in the calf muscles becoming torn or strained.
Climbing or running up hills.
Wearing inappropriate footwear.
In a Grade 1 degree strain:
It is important not to ignore a calf strain, as this could cause further damage and lead to a grade 3 strain. The earlier the treatment, the better the outcome. In a grade 1 strain recovery is roughly 2 weeks. In a grade 2 strain, recovery can take up to 5-8 weeks, and for grade 3 strains can take up to 3-4 months.
Rest: to prevent further damage.
In the sub acute (3 days to 3 weeks) and the chronic stage (3 weeks to 2 years) it is important that training should be adapted to avoid jumping or any exercises that put excessive strain on the gastrocnemius or soleus.
A physiotherapist or sportsmassage therapist or sports therapist can advise when exercise should be resumed and what exercise would be appropriate.
Ice treatment: Ice, can be applied for 10-15 minutes, every 2-3 hours in the acute and sub- acute stage (frequency can be reduced according to recovery, and can be continued for as long as deemed necessary). Ice bands are an effective way of applying ice therapy. In the sub-acute stage (3days – 3 weeks) heat therapy can be applied.
Compression: to reduce swelling and restrict movement.
Strapping provides support. In a complete rupture the doctor might prescribe a cast to provide stability.
Elevation: Gravity will assist lymphatic drainage and aid venous return.
NSAIDS (anti-inflammatories) and paracetamol can be taken to aid pain relief. Medical advice should be sought, in case of possible side effects.
Orthotics can prevent overprontation. It is therefore, worth consulting a podiatrist, who can perform gait analysis and advise on appropriate foot wear.
Kinesiology taping aids recovery by assisting with lymphatic drainage, and the repair of damaged tissues.
A doctor or physiotherapist might recommend an MRI scan to assess the extent of rupture. In severe cases surgery might be performed.
A physiotherapist might prescribe ultrasound treatment, sound waves; which speeds up the repair process, by breaking down tissues and stretching them. It can also help alleviate pain.
Massage can help aid recovery, and improve joint mobility and range of movement. It should not be administered during the acute stage. If there is any underlying medical condition, such as a heart condition, it is important to seek medical advice before receiving massage.
A physiotherapist or sports massage therapist can recommend strengthening, flexibility and proprioceptive exercises in the sub-acute and the chronic stage of recovery. Exercises should focus on stretching and strengthening, focusing on the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles; for example calf and toe raises. The intensity of the exercises should be increased gradually and in a controlled way. Resistance bands are good for gentle stretching.
For injury prevention, it is essential that a warm up and cool down forms part of an exercise programme (10-20 minutes, depending on the duration of the programme).
Sophia Cross, BA (Hons) MA