A frame from the video showing how the ankle orthotic and shoe fit together.

Ankle-Foot Orthotic Shoe combination for Foot Drop Patients

Kathy Fisher AFO

In this week’s blog, we demonstrate the AFO strategy used by Insightful Products to attach the AFO or ankle brace to the shoe using Velcro. The foot and ankle brace is attached to the shoe using a hook and loop pile. By attaching the ankle brace to the shoe, the unit becomes one.

All of the Insightful Products’ braces are designed to work with a shoe and not without a shoe. Fastening the brace to the shoe makes it easier to don the brace or to put the brace on but also keeps the brace placed back in the heel of the shoe. This keeps the brace from creeping forward in the shoe and using up space in the shoe.

For more information, call us at (207) 885-0414 or see our website at www.insightful-products.com.

A transcript is included below the video.

Video Transcript:

Hi! Ian here from Insightful Products. We help people walk.

And one of the ways we help people walk is to make it easy for them to get the brace on your foot. What we try to inspire in our customers is to use the brace shoe combination as a way of donning both at once so the brace shoe unit is donned all at once, and makes it easier.

That’s why we provide this. This is an adhesive-backed pile or loop this is fastened to the bottom of the shoe and then the brace is fastened to this. This is an example of one way to do it. So you can see the adhesive-backed pile there then the brace has a hook on it already and when you put the brace in here you have to move it back to the back of the counter and then set it down.

If you don’t do it and you do it like this then you will lose all that space in the shoe, so bring it back all the way set it down then you’re ready to go.

You can put this on top. It came with the shoe and we just cut off a little bit of the end to make it fit better and you can do the same thing with a pair of scissors. So that goes on top of the Step Smart brace and you’ve got a really nice setup. Pull the back off and stick it down. You can see we put one on the bottom of this shoe here. Put the brace back into the counter all the way and press down. This makes a brace shoe unit which makes it really easy to don. The finger loop allows the patient to put everything on at once.

The Blaze Brace also has Velcro on the brace. And what this does is again allows the patient to use the brace shoe unit all at once by velcroing the brace right into the shoe. Again, you want to pull that back all the way into the counter before setting it down. 

That concludes this week’s Brace of the Week and we’ll see you next week!