Providing stability to keep you moving

Similar to an Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO), Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO) attaches above the knee, below the knee and around the foot. Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis is used to improve the symptoms of a wide range of conditions and injuries, with the main use of them being to help with muscle weakness or paralysis. The muscle weakness and also paralysis could come from a wide range of conditions. There are also multiple types of KAFO that are available to be customized by our expert Orthotists.

At Colman, in addition to Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis, we offer a wide range of knee orthotics and braces. We also offer other lower body orthotics and foot orthotics. Our professionals want to help you live better, contact us and find out how we can help you!

Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis

A Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis helps treat a variety of injuries and also other conditions. The following is a list of just some of the conditions and injuries a KAFO can treat. But, this list is not comprehensive, make sure to contact us should you have any questions.

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Post-surgery
  • Severe knee osteoarthritis
  • Soft tissue knee injuries
  • ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL injuries
  • Knee strains or sprains
  • Meniscal repairs
  • Osteochondral repairs
  • Peripheral nerve injury

Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO) benefits

There are many benefits that a KAFO provides. One of the main benefits is to make it easier to stand and walk if you are experiencing any of the conditions listed above. They can help provide stability if you have muscle weakness and issues with the bones and joints. Also, they provide support to reduce joint pain and excessive joint movement.

How a KAFO can help with various conditions

Muscular dystrophy

For patients with muscular dystrophy, a knee-ankle-foot orthosis can be valuable in improving your day-to-day life. Muscular dystrophy causes muscles to not develop properly because the production of proteins for the muscles is disrupted. The disruption is caused by genes that are not normal or have mutated. Because of this, a KAFO is able to unload the weight and add support to the knee and leg. This means that walking takes less energy to walk and an increase in walking speed.

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that affects the central nervous system that can cause a wide range of conditions. Because of this, multiple sclerosis is unpredictable with a wide range of severity. People can be mildly affected to not being able to speak or walk. A KAFO can provide stability to the legs and provide support to the entire leg to help with walking. It can also offload the weight of the leg if needed.

FAQ 

What is the difference between a KAFO and an AFO?

A knee ankle foot orthosis (KAFO) is similar to an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) that also includes a mechanical knee joint and a thigh piece. These provide stabilization to the knee in addition to the ankle-foot joint.

How long should you wear a KAFO?

It may take some time to get used to wearing a KAFO. Your doctor or Orthotist will work with you to determine how long you should wear the orthotic. We will also work with you on how long you should wear the device each day as well. If you have questions, contact our team and we will be happy to help.

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WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST VISIT

Your First Visit

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Meeting your Specialist

Your first appointment will include an initial assessment and also a chance to meet your specialist and ask questions.

If you have a prescription from your doctor, be sure to bring it with you.

Be prepared to discuss your medical history and also talk about your goals and expectations. We will also complete a physical assessment and try out a variety of orthotics to see what best meets your needs.

Please dress comfortably and bring shorts. We may need to measure, cast or use 3D-scanning to customize your fit and maximize comfort.

Funding/Costs

Direct Billing through AADL and WCB with a prescription from your doctor.

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