A custom foot and ankle brace provides precise support for your specific anatomy.
Licensed and certified athletic trainers and pedorthist Marcia Graddon, ATC, BOCPD and Jennifer Sippel, ATC, makes custom orthotics and braces in-house at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center (OFAC) in Falls Church and Arlington, Virginia. If you’re looking for a custom foot and ankle brace in the Washington, DC, area, call or request an appointment online today.
Custom Braces Q & A
What are custom braces? Back to top
A foot and ankle brace is a removable device that provides support and immobilization to help you recover from an injury or painful condition. The team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center makes custom braces molded to the unique shape of your body.
They use the highest quality products, including the Arizona AFO® brace, carbon fiber AFOs, CROW walkers, and many more. AFO stands for ankle foot orthosis, which is the medical term for a brace. Our AFO braces are made in the USA using the finest materials and craftsmanship.
The patented and clinically tested Arizona AFO brace stabilizes your ankle while fitting into a comfort shoe. These custom braces can range in height from three inches above your ankle to over the apex of your calf muscle, depending on your needs.
Why would I need a custom brace? Back to top
The makers of the Arizona AFO designed it to treat a foot condition called posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD). This condition occurs when changes in your tendons lead to poor arch support, and possibly flatfeet.
The team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center uses custom braces to treat numerous conditions, including:
- Ankle arthritis
- Chronic Achilles tendonitis
- Chronic ankle sprains or instability
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tibialis tendonitis
They may also recommend a foot and ankle brace any time your feet require extra stability or support, like after a traumatic injury or surgical procedure.
How can I get a custom foot and ankle brace? Back to top
AFO’s are designed to treat a variety of foot conditions; one condition called posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD). This condition occurs when changes in your tendons lead to poor arch support, and possibly flatfeet. The AFO is used to support the structure of the foot and ankle to decrease pain and give support.
AFO custom braces aren’t available without a doctor’s prescription. Licensed and certified Pedorthist and Athletic Trainers Marcia Graddon and Jennifer Sippel fit you for a custom brace by making a plaster model of your foot, ankle, and lower leg during your visit at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center.
Then, the molds are sent out to have the AFO manufactured, where they create the cast to precisely fit your needs. AFO braces come in many different styles to provide relief for your specific foot problem. Your custom brace should arrive within two weeks, but rush orders may be possible if you need it sooner.
For the highest quality custom foot and ankle braces available, call Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center or request an appointment online today.