What are the benefits of anterior ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) compared to posterior ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) for foot drop?

Updated: Mar 23, 2020
  • Author: James W Pritchett, MD; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS  more...
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A study by Menotti et al suggested that anterior AFOs are associated with lower energy costs of walking and higher levels of perceived comfort than posterior AFOs are and thus may allow people with foot drop to walk longer distances while expending less physical effort. [12]


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