A DAFO (Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis) adds a thin, flexible, external support to the foot, ankle and/or lower leg. DAFO's can help a patient maintain a functional position, a DAFO can improve stability for successful standing and walking.
Over pronation is a symptom of excessively relaxed ligaments that allow a child’s heels to fall inward and medial arch to appear to collapse. Though some pronation is normal, if a child has exaggerated toe-out gait (seems to walk like a duck), trips easily, or fatigues from normal running and playing, the child is probably over pronating. Pediatric, custom-made foot orthotics or supramalleolar orthotics can be used to correct this pronation and promote health balance, gait, and posture. Then the growth and development of the feet will have a more positive alignment and function, reducing complications of flat feet in adulthood.