Wha is THAT? Sounds like an alien to me. The NYU doctor said I needed one on my foot to help with my walking... and so I said "ok". This is a brace right? Because he was talking about a brace too. Just making sure!
Without resorting to Google at all.. (Look ma!) I think the AFO delivers a zap of electricity to the muscle that's responsible for pulling up your foot. It's triggered by your knee, the thing zaps your ankle, your foot pulls up, and you can walk without stumbling. Pretty nifty!
It's the same principle as a TENS unit, which sends a shock to a muscle so it can be strengthened. The muscle tenses and relaxes with each zap.
Ohhhh!!! Huh... and I thought it was a little green alien with a cute little nose and...
ok, seriously though, i thought it was a brace, but I was getting confuse. Those NY accents kept throwing me off sometimes, and I couldn't tell if he was talking about a brace AND an AFO or they were the same thing.
AFO stands for Ankle Foot Orthotic - It is typically a plastic brace molded to your lower leg/ankle and foot. You wear it inside a shoe and it keeps the foot in the best position to walk without it dragging on the ground. I wear one for my foot drop.
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