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Yanke Bionics - Device Wear and Care

Ankle Foot Orthosis

In order the maximize the effectiveness and lifespan of your AFO, there are certain guidelines you should follow for wearing and maintenance.


At your initial fitting, our clini­cians will take considerable time making sure the orthosis fits properly. Be sure to tell the clinician that is fitting your orthosis if the device feels uncomfort­able or causes pain.

* An orthosis is of no help if it does not fit correctly or is un­comfortable.


Initially, an orthosis should be worn for short periods of time in order to "break-in" its use to your every day activities. Over time, you should gradu­ally increase its wearing time, until you achieve regular and consistent use of the orthosis. During this "break-in" period, you and/or a relative MUST observe your feet for signs of rubbing or pres­sure such as: red spots, blisters, etc.

*1f you notice any irritations as mentioned from above STOP wearing the orthosis until you:

  1. Call our office for an appoint­ment so that the appropriate ad­justment can be made.
  2. Contact your physician for any further advice.



  • It is advisable to always wear a sock to act as an interface between your skin and ankle foot orthosis.
  • Remove the original innersole from shoe before attempting to put your ankle foot orthosis in your shoe.
  • Appropriate shoes are needed for maximum effectiveness of your ankle foot orthotic.
  • Appropriate shoes include walking, cross-training, &/or in-depth shoes. Most dress &/or casual shoes usually do not have ample support nor do they have a removable innersole. Ask your clinician about the correct foot­wear for you.
  • Place your ankle foot orthosis in your shoe. If this is not possible, apply de­vice to your leg, then apply footwear over the device.



Your condition may require that you wear your orthosis permanently or for a limited time. Your physician should indicate to you the length of time neces­sary for you to wear the device, as well as, the specific use of the device for your diagnosis.



A well-constructed orthosis should last many years. Wear and tear will occur?much depending on your level of activity. Watch for signs that the orthosis is wearing and call us about the need for refurbish­ing or replacement. Your orthosis should be cleaned weekly by wiping it off with a cloth and rubbing alcohol.



You should be seen in our of­fice at least once a year after the or­thosis has been fit. Your clinician may choose to follow?up sooner if needed. If any problems or ques­tions before your next scheduled ap­pointment please contact the office that fit you.



Due to the inherent costs associated with custom fabrication, there can be no refund for a custom fabricated orthosis/prosthesis (this includes custom molded shoes and custom molded foot orthotics) unless the item is proven to be inap­propriate at the time of fitting or substandard (less than full quality), in which case the manufacturer's war­ranty will be observed

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Use our evaluation form to request a no-obligation consultation from our clinicians. We will contact you to discuss your pre-surgery or prosthetic-related questions.