The Step-Smart® Brace by Insightful products is a custom AFO product for drop foot

Step-Smart® Brace for Drop Foot


Starting at: $199

At only 11” high and weighing under 1 lb, the Step Smart brace offers functionality and comfort at a reasonable price. This fully articulated brace maintains ankle action, feeling and flexibility in the toes, allows for clearance during swing phase and shock absorption at heel strike.
Patented Jacob Joint technology allows one brace type to be used by many in alleviating foot drop symptoms.

To purchase a Step-Smart® Brace: Choose from the following options below:

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BioMechanically, the Step-Smart® design is more energy efficient than the competitive designs. It’s more desirable than the stiff design, since it allows for good plantarflexion at heel strike. It’s more desirable than the flexible designs, since it is preloaded. The benefit of a preload on the system is critical to shock absorption. Also, the Dorsi Flexion assist joints allows the best clearance at swing phase.

With drop foot, however, it is not desirable to have a design with free plantarflexion. Naturally, our bodies control the deceleration at heel strike with an eccentric contraction of the dorsiflexors. This combined with a slight flexion moment at the knee is what creates the best shock absorption. With other flexible solutions, there is too much plantarflexion at heel strike causing foot slap. The result is trauma and pain to the calcaneous.

The reason that the Step-Smart® design is superior to the others is that it provides resistance to plantarflexion the instant the heel hits the ground. Some other designs need to be plantarflexed before the resistance is high enough to be effective. By then it is too late. The shock of hitting the ground has already damaged the foot and ankle. The new Step-Smart® provides a pre-load that controls deceleration at contact. The Step-Smart® drop foot brace has come closest to providing the right amount of deceleration (dictated by pre-load). It is appreciated and considered the best drop foot brace by the medical community because patients feel better during ambulation. This AFO comes with all parts necessary to function properly. Included with each brace: 3 sets of compression components (variety pack), 1 calf strap, 1 I strap, 1 velcro set. Top cover and replacement parts are extra.

RETURN POLICY for USA customers only: If you are unsatisfied with the Step-Smart® Brace for any reason, it can be returned for a full product refund, simply call us (207-885-0414) within 7 days of receipt for a return authorization number, or to request a few more days to try it out.

Exchanges are also under the same terms as above. To be clear, we do not accept returns from International customers.

Additional information

Weight 1.0 lbs
Dimensions 11.00 x 9.00 x 4.00 in

18 reviews for Step-Smart® Brace for Drop Foot

  1. 1 out of 5

    I have a spinal cord injury… amongst all of the problems i suffer for a drop foot too.. i can walk with crutches a little bit.. and i thought this brace would do a difference .. but sadly no.. for me this is sadly the worst brace i have tried so far.. here goes why..
    1. fit in the shoes its much worse than the normal plastic ones
    2. putting it on is much harder
    3. because it doesn’t offer the whole foot support ( i actually though this would be better ) i got on the part where it ands all red after e few minutes of wearing it. i can’t even imagine what would happen after a longer wear. (i dont feel my foot so this would be realy bad)
    4. bottom part of the brace is made really poorly it adds a lot of bulk in your shoe.

    The only good part of the brace is the system.. which feels really different ( in a good way) from all other braces that i have tried..

    So if you are buying this one.. Test it first!! ( i didn’t becouse i couldn’t find one where i live)

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      0 out of 5

      Hi There Rok, Sorry to hear that the brace was not helpful for you. But thank you for suggesting that people try it out. That is all we can ask. And because we only sell direct, we make sure you have a chance to try it out, and get your money back if it is not the solution for you.
      I tried to look up your specific order by using the email you have listed here, but it was not in our system. Please let me know if you have attempted to return it and have had any problems, we do not want to be another failed brace in the back of your closet. WE offer a 10 day trial period- so the user can have it hand, check it out and decide if it is the solution for them. If not, just give us a call for a return number, send it back and we refund the full cost of the brace.

      AS to your specific experience, thank you for the details on the issues you encountered. Being that I do not know what type of brace you had previously I can’t speak to one being easier or smaller than the other. The brace does take some getting used to as far as putting it on and finding the right shoe to go with it.

      The step smart is not the solution for everyone, we know that, it is, however a great improvement and aide to many who buy it.

      Thank you again for trying it out and taking the time to share your your story. If you have any questions please contact me at

      Andy Colbourn
      Insightful Products

  2. 5 out of 5


    I am planning to buy this product for my wife and i have some questions regarding that. First, is it necessary to wear shoes or any other footwear along with step smart brace? Can’t it be wear alone over socks without any footwear at home?

    Also, what kind of women sandals can be worn with this brace? Is it required for sandals to have some sort of strap covering the tow that supports the brace or this kind of sandals can also work?

    Please advise.


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      0 out of 5

      A shoe must be worn with the brace at all times. The brace lifts the shoe, which brings the toes with it. This isn’t a brace that would work with a shoe like that .


  3. 5 out of 5

    My wife order this for me and what a difference it has made.This step smart brace is amazing. It has change my life so much. I never used a plastic one but used several different types that were of the velcro type. This is so much better. My walking has improved so much more . Am walking a lot better and do more walking. Also this brace has helped with my standing. Before could not stand unless used a cane or grab on to something to steady myself. Now can stand with no problems. This has changed my life for the better.

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      0 out of 5

      It’s great when you find the right tool for the job isn’t it Brad? We are always so happy to hear of success stories like yours. Thank you for letting us know how the Step Smart Brace for Drop Foot has helped you!

  4. 5 out of 5


    I just bought your beautiful product, how can I follow my purchase order

  5. 4 out of 5


    I would like to buy one for my wife. The problem is we live in Philippines. Can it be shipped here?


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      0 out of 5

      Yes we ship to the Philippines- you can order on our website- For International orders we use DHL International shipping. It can be expensive but it is the best method we have found- reliable- traceable and quick. Please note that international orders are final- no refunds.

  6. 5 out of 5

    I love my new Step-Smart brace. It weighs a lot less than my old brace. I’m very happy.

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      0 out of 5

      Hi David

      Thank you so much for the kind words. Here is a link to a page where you can review the product for us on Google.
      Positive reviews make it easier for other DropFoot Sufferers to find the Step Smart brace. We would appreciate it if you could take a minute and share your opinion.

      Andy Colbourn
      Insightful Products

  7. 1 out of 5

    I have foot drop due to a stroke and my current AFO is very heavy. I liked the weight of this brace but the back pressed into my calf so bad I couldn’t wear it. I tried to call to get an authorization number for my return but no one answered. Looks like I’m stuck with a $200 brace I can’t wear. 1 week is not enough time to figure out if something works when you have a condition like foot drop.

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      0 out of 5

      Hi Denise, so sorry we weren’t available to answer your call. We will of course take the brace back and return your money to you, or we would be happy to give you more time.
      Can you call me today and we could discuss it? I am here until 5 pm Eastern Time 207-885-0414 Andy Colbourn

  8. 4 out of 5


    I wear size 13-14 shoe. Will the mens Large fit me?

    Also, I see you accept returns for a full refund. Do you pay for the return shipping costs?


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      0 out of 5

      Hi Mike

      Size 13- 14 would not really work in a Large- but we can accommodate with XXL – because it is not one of our standard sizes it it a bit higher priced at $249.00.
      This would still be eligible for our No risk trial period ( as long as it in shipped in the US)- where you have the brace for at least 7 days, in hand, to try it out. If you don’t want to keep it, for any reason, just call for a return authorization number and once we get the brace back the full cost of the brace will be credited back to your card. We do not refund shipping cost or pay for return shipping currently. Please let me know if you have any other questions I can help you with, and thank you for contacting us.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hello sir I am from pakistan and I am surfing in footdrop problem I want to buy stepsmart brace and I hopefully waiting for answer
    Malik Bilal Hassan

    • 0 out of 5

      Hello! Thank you for your inquiry. I will be sending you an email with more information about our Step-Smart brace today!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hello First of all I congratulate you for helping people I need such an orthosis but I live in turkey. I could not find it here, would you be selling in our country? I hope you will answer and thank you in advance for this.

    • 0 out of 5

      Hello! Thank you for your inquiry. We are happy to ship orders internationally; however, we do not accept returns on our international orders. I will follow up with a direct email to you shortly with more information. If this email does not make it to you for any reason you can send your full shipping address to and we will generate a quote for shipping costs to Turkey!

    • 0 out of 5

      Hello Jonathan! Thank you for your inquiry! I will be emailing you shortly with more information about which size Step-Smart will fit you best! Kind regards, Lilly @ Insightful Products

    • 0 out of 5

      Hello Jonathan! I have attempted to email you at the email address you provided, but it does not appear to be going through. We recommend our XXL size, not yet available online. Please give us a call at 207-885-0414 or email for more information or to order the larger size! Best, Lilly @ Insightful Products.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hi,I saw each and every photos and videos of step smart foot drop brace and I loved it also I’m suffering from foot drop. The only problem is that this product is not available in India. Can you please arrange this in India please I’m very disappointed due to my leg its happened in an bike accident. The price is very high when convert dollars to Indian rupees. But I will arrange it at any cost or seek help for this. But how I get this in my place.In India I’m from Kerala state. Please help me to get this.If this can solve my foot problem I can go for my delayed studies and could complete. Please help me if you can with price and product availability. Thank you.

    • 0 out of 5

      Hello Muneeb, We ship the Step-Smart brace all over the world. Please use our email address to provide your complete address so that I can get an estimate on shipping costs. Please email us at: Thank you!

  12. 5 out of 5

    I received my brace yesterday and LOVE IT! I have had dropped foot for about a month now and was wearing a boot that was really more for ankle injuries – but I had it on hand. WHAT a difference this brace has made! I am able to walk now (pretty much completely normal!) – still have PT for a few weeks – but I think this brace can only help me improve. The PT had recommended a plastic, custom one that was going to cost $800-$1800! I just couldn’t justify this – in case my scenario does improve with the exercises. I HIGHLY recommend this brace – thank you for creating it!!!!

    • 0 out of 5

      Hello Heather! We are so glad you are finding success with the Step-Smart brace. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help! – Yvette (

    • 0 out of 5

      Step-Smart brace in shoes

      Hello Dee, Above is a link to a video on our youtube channel that shows Ian fitting the Step-Smart brace in many different types of shoes, even sandals! Enjoy!
      Yvette (

  13. 5 out of 5

    The Step-Smart for Drop-Foot is a Godsend for my husband!
    He regularly says he’d be home bound without it!
    Keep up your Fantastic work, folks!
    Hajara from Toronto, Canada

    • 0 out of 5

      Hello Hajara, We are so glad that your husband is finding success with the Step-Smart brace! Please feel free to call or email if you have any further questions or issues. We can be reached at 207-885-0414 or

  14. 5 out of 5

    I have Charcot Marie Tooth and these foot braces have really helped me! It’s much easier to drive with this.

    • 0 out of 5

      Hello Heather and thank you for contacting us! We are so glad you are having success with your braces. Please email any questions to, we are here to help! Have a great day and HAPPY WALKING! ~ Your Insightful Team

  15. 5 out of 5

    This brace helped my foot drop more than anything I’ve tried! I can finally walk “normally” without the embarrassing foot drag I had before. I was very reluctant to try yet another brace, (this one was bought for me)but am SO glad I did. Thank you Ian for the work you do to help people…God Bless you and your team!

    • 0 out of 5

      Hello Hannah and thank you for your comments! We are so glad you are having success with your Step-Smart and please email/call anytime with any questions. From your Insightful Products team!

  16. 5 out of 5

    I have MS and I love mine. I have an all plastic custom made one, and this is so much lighter and much more comfortable. If I had gotten it sooner, I would have saved myself from a lot of foot pain! Highly recommended.

    • 0 out of 5

      Hello KerryLynn and thank you for contacting us! I am so glad you are finding relief with our Step-Smart! We have many patients with MS that are getting so much help with our brace. Enjoy your summer!

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