Application of an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) has proven to be an effective means of improving functional ambulation in the hemiparetic individual. While many custom- fabricated AFO designs are commonly used to improve different gait parameters, application of the Pressure Relief AFO (PRAFO) has empirically been shown to offer similar improvements in ambulatory potential in this patient population. Computerized gait analyses of 8 hemiparetic patients were conducted for barefoot ambulation and in the PRAFO to compare kinetic and kinematic changes when wearing the PRAFO as a functional orthosis. The data substantiated the observations that the PRAFO can provide effective control of the ankle foot complex during hemiparetic gait.
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