Core Products FootFlexor
The FootFlexor AFO Foot Drop Brace from Core Products is an ankle foot orthotic (AFO) that aids individuals with foot drop and other conditions that require dorsal flexion support. This brace is fully adjustable for size and force, allowing users of varying sizes and needs to utilize this product.
I have been using an AFO for the last few years while rehabbing from a spinal cord injury. As with many pieces of adaptive equipment, the AFO was bulky, rigid, expensive and just plain uncomfortable. At the beginning of this year, I found out about the FootFlexor and decided to try it out. Being excited to use this product, I just put it on my shoe and went about my routine. After using it the first day, I was a lot more tired than usual! This was due to the fact that I did not adjust the product to my needs, so I was working harder in order to combat my foot drop (I was never the best at following directions.). After adjusting it to my needs, I found that walking became easier. The comfort and ease of use made me a firm believer in the quality of this product. Being able to wear the low-cut sneakers and dress shoes that I like was also a big difference! After using this product for a month, I can clearly say that it has a 5/5 rating for my uses. This product may not work for everyone, though for my current needs it is perfect. Many people can benefit from this product; the ability to adjust the strength allows users to improve upon their condition, rather than having to rely on a product that does not allow for adjustments.
Comparison to Other Products
The traditional AFOs are made of plastic or carbon fiber materials and often require a personal fitting. The bulkiness and rigidity of these products also keep them from being “user friendly.” Having to remove a shoe to insert the brace makes the process of getting ready an even longer experience. The inability to have any ankle flexion also opens users up to knee injuries and a lack of ankle mobility improvement. Using an AFO would usually require the users to wear a larger shoe to accommodate the brace. It could also mean wearing longer socks to combat skin breakdown in the areas where the brace is strapped onto.
The FootFlexor eliminates most of these problems. It allows for users to wear any type of shoe that fits well. It is easy to put on, take off and adjust. In a clinical setting this can make things faster and allow the user to get more out of their rehabilitation time. It also cuts down on time getting ready for users that have an AFO on all day long. The ability to move the ankle is invaluable on uneven surfaces, whereas a rigid AFO would put undue stress on the user’s knee. Overall, if someone requires an AFO, the FootFlexor will most likely meet their needs!
Pros: Lightweight, Durable, Easy to use, Cheaper than traditional AFOs, Adjustable, Versatile, Promotes foot flexion.
Cons: Potential pressure points in users with diminished feeling, Learning curve when transitioning from a traditional AFO.
Try the FootFlexor. As a user, it makes life easier! For therapists, it will allow your clients to possibly improve upon their condition. 5/5 rating.