KAFO

(Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis).

Knee injuries are common especially when taking part in sports that demand running, jumping and quick changes of direction. It is common to incur damage to the ligaments, cartilage and tendons, see how our Orthotics can help. 

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What are they?

Separate thigh and ankle foot shells which are connected by jointed metal struts, usually one at each side of the leg or if using carbon fibre only one side only if requested. The thigh and calf sections are secured with velcro straps. The exact design and construction will be dependent on the condition being treated.

What do they do?

Provides controlling forces to the foot, ankle and knee to enable walking on an otherwise unstable limb.

 

Indications for use:

  • Weakened lower limb muscles e.g. Polio. 

  • Malalignment of the knee, ankle and/ or foot. 

  • Severe hyperextension of the knee.

Functional Knee Supports.

What are they?

A rigid shell brace which extends from above the knee in the mid-thigh region to below knee at the bottom of the calf muscle. The shells are lined with a thin cushioning material. The thigh and calf shells are connected by joints which can be set to control the range of motion (movement) available at the knee joint. The thigh and calf shells are secured with velcro straps.

What do they do?

They apply controlling forces to stabilise the knee joint in multiple planes whilst also providing physical protection from impact forces.

 

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Indications for use:

  • Lesions, ruptures, and instability of the ACL, PCL, and lateral ligaments.

  • Combination injuries.

  • Meniscal injuries.

  • Conservative/ post- op use.

  • Protection against high impact or rotational injuries such as in sport.

Offloading Knee Supports.

What are they?

A thigh and calf shell connected by either a single (positioned on one side of the knee) or double (positioned one on each side of the knee) jointed strut(s). The shells are secured by velcro fastenings. One strut is adjustable to apply either a valgus (pushing the knee inward) or varus (pushing the knee outward) corrective force.

What do they do?

They apply controlling forces to stabilise the knee joint in multiple planes whilst also providing physical protection from impact forces.

 

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Indications for use:

  • Osteoathritis.

  • Uni-compartmental knee injuries. 

Basic Knee Supports.

What are they?

The exact construction can vary but they consist of a soft sleeve which wraps around the leg and fastens at the front with velcro straps. The sleeve extends from approximately mid-thigh to the lower portion of the calf. Pockets situated on the inner and outer sides of the support contain hinged metal side members which are shaped to the knee anatomy at supply.

What do they do?

It provides mild to moderate forces at the knee, depending on the type of side member/ joint combination, to control and stabilise the joint.

 

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Indications for use:

  • Mild instability of the knee. 

  • Mild to moderate Osteoarthritis. 

  • Mild instability of the patella. 

Knee

Gaiters.

What are they?

A tapered fabric panel which has a soft lining. There are strategically placed stiffening strips which position at the sides and back of the knee. The panel wraps around the leg and is secured with velcro strapping.

What do they do?

Due to the stiffening strips, the gaiter maintains the knee in a fully straight or extended position.

 

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Indications for use:

  • Post- injury.

  • Post- surgery. 

  • Strains and sprains. 

  • Contracture management.

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