Heelift AFO offers all of the benefits patients and caregivers have come to expect from an ankle foot orthosis device, and it also offers the quality that the Heelift name has offered for more than 30 years. The soft foam of the boot not only protects the leg from irritation and friction but also prevents injury to the opposite leg. The combination of added protection and the ability to customise the product separates Heelift AFO from other products in the industry.
- Durable, Yet Soft, Smooth Exterior: Allows the patient’s leg to glide easily across the sheets.
- Semi-rigid polypropylene brace: While many orthotics are rigid and put patients at risk, the soft foam of Heelift AFO, together with the semi-rigid polypropylene brace, provide the best possible control of the ankle’s position and motion while also allowing for limited weight bearing.
- Customisable foam pads: Like Heelift Suspension Boot, Heelift AFO allows for customisation via a 5-centimetre, bevelled fixed pad. The pad elevates the heel and also protects the Achilles tendon. An additional spare pad with an adhesive backing is also included. The spare pad can be used to control hip rotation.
- Two types of foam: Heelift AFO is available with a smooth foam interior (ideal for edematous legs) or a convoluted foam interior (a slightly cooler option).
- Non-slip traction sole: Heelift AFO has a non-slip traction sole that allows limited weight bearing while also helping to prevent slippage. This feature assists in transfers from bed, wheel chairs, commode, or physical therapy. Assistance is still recommended for ambulating patients.
- Low friction tricot backing: Allows better mobility for patients while in bed.
- Washable/Autoclavable: Like other Heelift products, Heelift AFO can be washed safely in a net or mesh laundry bag and can be autoclaved for sterility. For more information visit our instructions page.
Video of the Heelift AFO Boot
This product is sold individually and not in pairs
The fit is universal and therefore fits both left and right feet
Indications and Issues
Finding an appropriate AFO (ankle foot orthosis) can be a primary concern for foot drop patients who at the same time frequently face overwhelming anxiety about:
- The difficulty of the foot drop condition
- The uncertainty of the cause of the foot drop and how that will be resolved
- Pain management issues
Healthcare professionals need to address each of these concerns adequately and compassionately while at the same time emphasising to the patient the importance of properly and regularly wearing his or her AFO device. An ankle foot orthosis is both a crucial part of a patient’s treatment plan and an important safety precaution.
The ideal AFO device should safely keep the ankle in place and promote healing for certain injury-related foot drop conditions as well as other medical issues. It should also elevate the leg to prevent pressure on the peroneal nerve below the knee. Aside from foot drop, an ankle foot orthosis also is indicated for:
- Ankle support for paralysed legs
- Night splint
- Plantar fasciitis
- Prevention and treatment of plantar flexion contracture
- Achilles tendonitis treatment
While many AFO products treat these indications adequately, some are less effective at preventing other conditions such as heel pressure sores. Many metal devices may cause harm to the opposite leg. In these cases, a specially designed and crafted ankle foot orthosis, like Heelift® AFO, is an appropriate alternative.
Unlike some rigid, heavy ankle foot orthoses, Heelift AFO provides comfort and support via a semi-rigid polypropylene brace in a customisable soft foam device that protects both legs.
Contact us now for more information on why Heelift AFO can make a difference in your patients’ care.