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Ankle Foot Orthotics (AFOs) Solutions in Albuquerque & Las Cruces

The foot and ankle play a pivotal role in providing stability and balance. If you or a loved one has experienced limb loss, you might have explored a transtibial amputation. Even though amputation is life-altering, you’ll get no better support in the Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and El Paso, NM area than our team at Prime Care Prosthetics & Orthotics.

What Is AFO (Ankle Foot Orthosis)?

Those who need ankle foot orthoses or AFO braces are helping correct lower limb issues. These devices are helpful in providing support to the limb, improving the overall alignment while helping to reduce pain.

What Is AFO

Each custom-fabricated AFO is created to suit the specific needs of the patient, using a cast or a scan to ensure accuracy. They’re modified either by hand or through Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology to maximize both comfort and fit. Rest assured that the materials that we use are only of the highest quality. There are also pre-fabricated solutions that come in standard sizes for a more affordable and timely alternative.

How Long Does a Patient Wear a Custom AFO Brace?

For many patients the need to use an AFO device is ongoing. In some cases, such as in trauma cases, an AFO may only be used for the short term. The specific type of AFO or AFO knee brace that’s required for each patient could also change alongside their situation.

For example, if muscle strength and coordination improve after a stroke or a spinal cord injury, the AFO design could change. In some cases, the usage may stop altogether. We always strive to support our patients without overprescribing them.

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Types of AFOs - Ankle-Foot Orthoses

There are different AFO brace types and varying AFO designs. Each orthotic brace encompasses the ankle and foot to help control the movement and position of the ankle. Here are only some of the designs that are available for an ankle foot orthotic device.

Solid Ankle AFO

Solid Ankle AFO

The solid ankle AFO helps treat conditions such as heel inversion, forefoot abduction, excessive pronation, and gait instability. It has trim lines that are determined by medical necessity as each patient’s gait is analyzed. The solid ankle AFO can be fabricated with an inner bootie to better align the foot.

Articulated AFO

The articulated AFO is a custom ankle brace that’s designed to better control ankle movement. It’s ideal for treating conditions such as heel inversion or eversion, forefoot abduction or adduction, excessive pronation, and overall knee instability. It is often fabricated with a molded inner bootie that helps improve foot alignment and reduce tone.

Floor (Ground) Reaction AFO

Another AFO type is flood (ground) reaction that’s ideal for treating conditions such as heel eversion, excessive pronation, crouch gait, and forefoot abduction. This device has an anterior drape that is designed to provide optimal dorsiflexion stop mechanics for those who have crouch gait patterns. It’s fabricated with an inner bootie to improve foot alignment.

Find which AFO orthotic brace is appropriate for you! To determine whether AFO orthotics are a good fit for you, we encourage you to reach out to us for a free evaluation!
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Which Conditions Require a Custom Orthosis for The Ankle & Foot?

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An AFO ankle brace isn’t the ideal solution for every condition. Here are some conditions that AFO foot braces often benefit:
  • Nerve damage
  • ALS
  • Stroke
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Partial foot amputation
  • Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT)
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Idiopathic toe walking
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Foot drop
  • Trauma
  • Lower limb weakness
  • Ankle osteoarthritis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Muscle spasticity of the lower limbs
  • Plantarflexion weakness
  • Severe tibialis posterior dysfunction
  • Plantar flexion contractures
  • Dorsiflexion weakness causing foot drop

If you are wondering whether or not you could benefit from one of these devices, please reach out to our team to learn more.

Schedule a Consultation with PrimeCare for Your Ankle-Foot Orthosis

To learn more about different AFO ankle foot orthosis options or to determine if you’re a good candidate, reach out to us today!

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Our Process

We have a thorough process that allows us to get to know our patients and guide them toward the best results. Here’s what you can expect when working with our team.
Our Process
  • Step 1: Initial Evaluation

    During the initial evaluation, we will get to know you and your situation, understanding your symptoms and pain points. This allows us to provide tailored recommendations.

  • Step 2: Measurements

    Once we’ve determined that you’re a good candidate for an AFO device, we will take your measurements to produce a custom solution for you.

  • Step 3: Orthotics Fabrication

    We’ll then take your measurements and move forward with fabricating your orthotic device. We will communicate with you to make sure you’re aware of the timeline, and we’re always happy to answer your questions.

  • Step 4: Orthosis Delivery

    We will let you know immediately when we receive your AFO device. The next appointment will consist of delivering your device and making sure you feel comfortable wearing it.

Why Choose PrimeCare for Above-Knee Prosthetics?

As one of the best medical clinics for prosthetic devices, know that you’re in good hands with our team of doctors. Here are some benefits of working with us:
Personalized Support

Personalized Support

We get to know each of our clients and their unique needs, guiding them throughout the process and making sure that they feel supported in every way
Latest Technologies

Latest Technologies

We are clinically approved to provide prosthetics and we have access to the latest materials and technology, allowing us to fabricate prosthetic devices that are comfortable and functional
Experienced Team

Experienced Team

We can assist with peer support and always work directly with insurance agencies so that is one less thing you have to stress about

Patient Success Stories

William E. Apodaca Fisk
lower Limb Prosthetics
Patient had to undergo a below the knee amputation of right leg to save his life. The use of his current prosthesis, which was fabricated using Ossur Prosthetics direct socket system, makes the patient feel, “like this prosthesis is part of my body and I have more control of my prosthesis.” Patient was able to get back to living a very active lifestyle thanks to the proper goal setting, latest technology and fitting techniques available from Primecare.
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Ralph Merrill
lower limb prosthetics
Patient suffered a tragic motorcycle accident when a vehicle ran a red light and hit him, resulting in an above-the-knee amputation. Patient was fitted with a prosthesis using the latest technology available with a microprocessor. Patient states, “my mobility really increased" [with the new prosetheses and vacuum with suction suspension]
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Janet Rodriguez
walkable prosthetic
I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma on my right femur and knee cap at the age of 17. The tumor was not shrinking after 4 months of chemo and I made the decision to get it amputated.
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PrimeCare is located in Las Cruces and Albuquerque but helps patients from Ciudad Juarez, El Paso, and surrounding areas.

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  • What types of shoes are compatible with AFOs?

    There are plenty of shoe options for those who wear custom AFO braces. Generally speaking, shoes with shoelaces or shoes that can be adjusted in terms of tightness are the best. They allow for the foot to slip inside and the shoe to be adjusted around the AFO device.

  • How often do pediatrics require a new AFO and fitting?

    As your child grows, he or she will need to seek a new or adjusted AFO device. Some pediatric patients need a new device every 6 months or so with this frequency lessening as the foot grows into its final adult size.

  • What socks should I wear with my AFO? Does it matter what material?

    It’s important to note that your AFO should be worn with a smooth and long sock underneath it to act as a barrier between the orthosis and your skin. The sock prevents the device from causing skin problems. The sock that you wear over your device is usually knee-high.