SUN-TECH PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS LIMITED VISITS THE NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (NCPWD)July 4, 2022
WHAT IS A KAFO?
A knee-ankle-foot orthosis is a whole leg brace customized to the specific needs of an individual to stabilize the joints and assist the muscles of the leg.
AIMS OF KAFO
They are prescribed for several reasons and these include:
Muscle weakness and paralysis of the leg.
To provide support to weakened or weakening joints and muscles.
To realign some or all of the joints in the leg.
To prevent movement which is unhelpful or painful and to provide protection.
To ensure extraordinary mobility and comfort with a contemporary fit, providing better control of the limb. Produced from thermoplastics or carbon fibre composites, it is lightweight and fits more closely.
The most common causes of muscle weakness and paralysis include:
Spinal Cord Injury
Each KAFO is custom-made for a patient and designed to the specific needs of the individual. There are numerous design options available that make use of the Orthosis both functional and comfortable.
A thorough analysis and examination of the patient allow us to suggest the best available feature combination.
KAFO are divided into a thigh section and an ankle foot section which are joined together by two metal sides and joints at the knee. The KAFO is held on by Hook and Loop straps and is close-fitting to ensure the correct control is achieved.
It is advisable to use or wear long cotton socks or tights under the KAFO that are well-fitted.
Ensure to put on the KAFO whilst sitting or lying down. Place your leg into the KAFO ensuring that your heel is right to the bottom and at the back of the AFO or shoe.
Make sure that the knee joints are roughly level with the middle of your kneecap.
Finally, fasten the straps firmly.
If you have a metal and leather KAFO it is usually easiest to leave it connected to your shoe and put them both on at the same time.
Your KAFO should be worn with ordinary footwear with a fastening, i.e. laces or Hook and Loop.
Look for shoes which have a low opening as this will help to put them on.
Shoes with removable insoles can offer extra depth to accommodate the KAFO.
Avoid high heels.
If you notice any sores or blistering you should stop using the KAFO and contact your orthodontist for advice as it may need adjusting.
Clean the KAFO with a damp cloth and towel and keep it well-maintained.
Keep it away from direct heat and if the Hook and Loop straps, linings or padding become worn contact our orthotic department for repair.
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