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What is DAFO (Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis)?

Devices prepared by applying different measurement methods with special thermoplastic materials and designed to assist the biomechanical movements of the foot, ankle and in some cases even the knee joint are called. The basis of the Dafo application principle is to restrict the movement that should not be, to assist the joint movements dynamically, or to apply both at the same time.

  • It provides balance in terms of biomechanics.
  • It makes walking easier.
  • It supports the treatment.

When Is DAFO Useful?

  • Neuromuscular Conditions
  • Down Syndrome
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Muscular Dystrophies
  • Developmental Delay
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Head and Spinal Cord Traumas
  • Spina Bifida
  • Paralysis

Dafo's Differences?

DAFO is quite different from other conventional orthoses with its design and concept. DAFO adapts to the anatomical folds of the foot with its flexible design and effective support-stimulating surfaces. It creates very good stabilization and comfort at the same time with its flexible structure that covers the applied area.
Flexibility is a key component of the DAFO concept. Small movements provided by flexibility play a preventive role in the emergence of extremely extreme movements or movement restrictions due to neuromuscular. Movements controlled by the orthosis provide a more normal ground-floor perception (proprioception) as well as being more effective in obtaining safer and helpful feedback in maintaining balance and posture control.

DAFO is much more easily tolerated than other orthoses. Thanks to its special design, it is aimed to keep the foot in the maximum functional position and this increases the stabilization of the midfoot. It has not been observed that the supported structure surrounding the applied surface reduces the tone in hypotonic feet.