What is the most common ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) used in the treatment of foot drop?

Updated: Mar 23, 2020
  • Author: James W Pritchett, MD; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS  more...
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The most commonly used AFO in foot drop is constructed of polypropylene and inserts into a shoe. If it is trimmed to fit anterior to the malleoli, it provides rigid immobilization. This device is used when ankle instability or spasticity is problematic, as is the case in patients with upper motor neuron diseases or stroke.

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