Man walking in TurboMed Xtern AFO for dropfoot

What is one of the biggest challenges clinicians face with fitting AFO’s?

The answer is simple, the shoes. Most shoes are simply not deep enough or wide enough to accommodate the ankle foot orthosis (AFO). Patients generally do not want to wear just one pair of shoes, they want multiple options to wear with their AFO’s. Patients often complain that they have to buy two pairs of shoes in two different sizes, as they need a bigger shoe to fit the AFO. A solution is now available!

The Turbomed Xtern AFO

Turbomed is a unique AFO because it attaches to the outside of the patient’s shoe. A dorsiassist, posterior leaf spring, off the shelf AFO, it is best fit on patients who have drop foot and are unable to dorsiflex their foot through the swing phase of their gait. The unique design has no contact with the skin, except for the calf, where the cuff secures to the leg. This prevents skin breakdown and rubbing injuries to the foot.

The TurboMed AFO is held onto the shoe with a clip, which is zip-tied to the toe box of the shoe and rests proximally on the sole of the shoe. It is easily transferred from shoe to shoe, requiring only that the distal clip be zip-tied to that shoe. Five clips and a handful of zip-ties are included with the system. The TurboMed is appropriate for many levels of drop foot, but it is contraindicated for patients with Genu recurvatum, clonus, tone or limited dorsiflexion range of motion.

With its unique design, patients can comfortably run, walk, and even hike in the TurboMed for long distances. Testing has been done in many conditions; during marathons, triathlons, endurance activities and outdoor adventures. Unlike conventional foot drop braces, it can be fit on high hiking footwear, winter or safety boots. In our experience, patients love the TurboMed AFO and enjoy its fit and function.

If you’re interested in the TurboMed AFO, contact us to schedule a free appointment with one of our certified orthotists.

The TurboMed Can Be Used With:

Trainers/Running Shoe
Lace and Velcro-Fastening Shoes/Boots
Walking Shoes/Boots
Safety Work Boots/shoes
Dress Shoes

*Article contribution made by Gerald Lunsford, WCBL Certified/Licensed Orthotist