Re: Ankle brace

The ankle braces you are describing are primarily for eversion and inversion stability (turning the ankle inward and outward), they do nothing for the foot drop. There are a couple of other options for your daughter. She could get an AFO (ankle-foot orthosis) that is actually clipped into the sole of a shoe and has 2 metal uprights. Thereby eliminating the uncomfortable plastic AFO that inserts into a shoe. I could never understand how those could be comfortable anyway.
Or she could ask the doc or PT if she would be appropriate for an FES unit (functional electrical stimulation). for some info check out this website sensored://www.polyu.edu.hk/rec/fes/faqe.html

Best of luck to you and your daughter! M

Posted By M Scott PT on November 04, 2007 at 23:55:52:

In Reply to: Ankle brace posted by John on November 04, 2007 at 09:58:17:

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Helps strengthen the kneecap mechanism by applying pressure on the tendon above the kneecap as well. This tends to reduce the forces of the quadriceps on the patella tendon and erosion of the under surface of the kneecap due to a possible misalignment of the quadriceps (Q-angle).

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