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Knee and Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses

Types of Knee and Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses
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Getting the Right Care

Selecting the right orthotic treatment requires a specialized evaluation from a Certified Orthotist CO(c) who is trained in the science of biomechanics, the study of how the body moves. Can we help you find an orthotic solution that will meet your needs?

Knee Orthosis (KO)

Commonly referred to as knee braces, KOs can provide pain relief, increase joint stability, and support return-to-work or recreational activities. Types of KOs include: post-operative braces, unloaders, ACL braces, neoprene sleeves, patella stabilizers, and knee immobilizers.

This device may be suitable for individuals with:

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Ligamentous injuries

  • Post-surgical

Thermoplastic Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO)

Thermoplastic KAFOs are custom made by first moulding heated plastic (thermoplastics) to a modified replica of the leg. They have become popularized as a lighter and more cosmetically appealing design option.

This device may be suitable for individuals with:

  • Poliomyelitis

  • Spinal cord injury

  • Peripheral nerve injury

  • Severe knee osteoarthritis

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

  • Trauma

Conventional KAFO (KAFO)

Conventional KAFOs are custom made from a cast or tracing of the leg. These devices are made with metal and leather and attach directly to the shoe. They continue to be an option for patients who are accustomed to their fit and feel


Stance Control KAFO  (KAFO)

A family of KAFOs that provide knee stability through "stance control." The knee locks and unlocks to allow for a more efficient walking pattern.

This device may be suitable for individuals with:

  • Polio

  • Femoral nerve injury

  • Trauma