Today I was just randomly searching the internet and managed to stumble across a picture of AFOs and the memories came flooding back, of these beautiful, fashionable creations.
Gorgeous right? 😉
First before we debate weather we love ’em or hate ’em let me explain for anyone who doesn’t know what these lovely things are :
What are A.F.O’s?
Ankle Foot Orthosis are a plastic, lightweight foot splint that is fitted to your foot and goes up the leg. It is made to give support to weak ankle, foot or leg muscles and to keep muscles that are prone to spasms in place. The basic A.F.O is just a basic plastic leg splint with a Velcro strap across your ankle and across the top of the leg to keep your feet in the correct position.
What are the pros?
1. Improves stability
2. Controlling foot or ankle spasms should improve gait
3. Improves foot posture
What are the cons?
1. Can become painful.
2. Can cause blisters due to plastic making feet sweat.
3. Because of their bulky size they won’t always fit in regular/fashionable shoes.
I wore my A.F.O’s regularly from about the age of 6 up until I left high school at age 18, I’ll always remember being that excited 6 year old who wasn’t fazed at all by having to wear things on my legs. If anything to me they were the ‘best thing since sliced bread’ especially since you could get pretty patterns put on the side so they were like my own personalised toy!
wanting to be the cool kid..
Like any other child all I wanted was to be like every other child and be cool but as you can imagine big plastic splints covering my legs weren’t part of my master cool plan! So I think that’s my main reason for disliking A.F.O’s they became the ‘things’ that made me and my friends stand out and feel restricted! As well as all the vain reasons for hating A.F.O’s I personally think that they haven’t done much for me physically in terms of changing or altering the way my feet and ankles move.
So as you’ll be able to tell from this post I see A.F.O’s as a Hindrince that have nothing but a negative impact on my school years but what are your opinions? Let me know in the comments below 🙂