brace to hold foot at a right angle?

Kristina1

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Does anyone know of a brace that could hold my foot at a right angle when im laying down or have feet up in the recliner? My feet hang forward/down. On the left foot there is a weird raised ridge from my ankle down my big toe that has developed. It is tight and sore and the way my foot drops/hangs when im reclined with feet up pulls on this ridge and hurts. When my CALS holds my foot at a right angle it feels so good. I want some kind of resting brace that could hold my foot at that angle. Do they make something like that? I tried searching amazon but there were a million types of braces and I couldn't figure out which one does what I want.
 

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If a regular AFO doesn’t work for you, you might need something custom made. I bet an othotist/ prosthetics specialist can help you. It probably will take a prescription from your doctor.

I know Vincent from this forum used to do that sort of work. He may weigh in.

I also found some soft AFO braces on Amazon that cinch up with Velcro.
 

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Search foot drop brace or nighttime foot drop brace. You should get lots to look at. You want one that will be genetle against your skin. You don’t want to trade one issue for another. Or email your clinic in case they have a favorite.

It is good to be thinking of this. Both my sister and my parent ended up with a contracted Achilles
 

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I don't know if this type of boot would work for you. We used a couple of different models of " heel protector boots" for my husband in the recliner and in bed. They worked to keep his foot angle up and protect him from pressure sores. Here's a picture of one , Kate
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thanks! i wasnt sure which ones would do the right thing, this is helpful
 

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I use the one Kate showed. Cheap and works great for me
 

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Sometimes clinics have them in stock and can provide them. Besides "heel protector boots," you may hear them referred to as "pressure boots."
 

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There is another product on Amazon that could be worn under those boots. It's called a gel heel pad. I wear them under my socks and it is very comfortable.
 

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My PALS DH uses these. A Nurse Practitioner friend recommended them after he got a pressure sore on his heel. He has the same issue as you with the foot drooping. Got them online at Walmart.
 

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My PALS DH uses these. A Nurse Practitioner friend recommended them after he got a pressure sore on his heel. He has the same issue as you with the foot drooping. Got them online at Walmart.
did you, as a cals, just tried to put on this, just to see how your pals feels to have it?
 

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When my wife was in the hospital last year, the PT gave us a DeRoyal ankle contracture boot ( which also has built in heel pressure protection). It works well in keeping her ankle straight, so I bought another online. Now she wears both at the same time, often when sleeping.
 

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i need same thing. my right foot dropped 3 months ago, but not completely. i can walk 30m with no problems, and when it gets tired, it simply starts to draw.
i got afo next day, but i look and feel like a borg. i returned it and continue to "move" somehow.
i need a discrete, light one, as less as posible massive. please advise me.
i am affraid that i will trip and fall. i dont know how fall look like now, but it is not a same like few month ago.
i can move my right foot somehow. toes are curled. no heel walk, can not on toes, of course. as neuro says: "dumb foot". no babinski, no clonus, peroneus muscle atrophied, same as tibialis.
 

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There are different styles of AFOs, so if the first one didn’t work out, I would go back to the orthotics person and ask about other styles.

When I got mine, it took several days to get used to them. I had to start wearing 1-2 hours a day and build up gradually. At first it was to prevent falls. After a time, I couldn’t walk without them. Foot drop will get worse, and you’ll rely on the AFOs more as other muscles weaken.

Don’t worry about looking like a borg. You’d look a lot worse if you fell and smashed your face.
 

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i'm still out of world in type "you'll need it", "what when you wont able to call someone to help you", etc etc. it is reality, i know, but i hope that good will take me before it happens. every day i cope with new difficulties, (im)posibilities, so my end is a closer.
where we were... a, yes...
i know this is wrong, my right foot is not 100% dropped and i am sure that i can manage with
Foot Drop Ankle Foot Orthosis Brace Strap Premium Quality UNIVERSAL
from ebay. 11,99 usd
money is not important, but it looks...
i tried via aliexpress, they were ok, quality, but even i bought xxxxxxxxxxxxl size, i got a dwarf's one.
 

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Go to your local orthotist and have something made for you. A simple solution might even be using a foot board on your bed. If you only need it at night an AFO might be more than you need. The advantage of an AFO is it can be used for walking as well. If you go the AFO route you will need soccer socks to keep the plastic off your skin. The ridge you see is your extensor halux longus tendon and nothing to fret about. I hope that helps.
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