Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) – Leather and Metal (Conventional)

How to put on your AFO:

  1. Apply a sock on the foot needing an AFO.
  2. Loosen the laces or Velcro on shoe.
  3. Sit with knee bent to 90º and use a shoehorn to slide the heel into the shoe to prevent breakdown of the back of the shoe.  Make sure foot is all the way in the shoe.
  4. Secure the laces or Velcro on shoe.
  5. Apply tension to the leather and Velcro shin strap and securely fasten.

Wearing Schedule:

Just like a new pair of shoes, an AFO has a breaking in period.  Use the following wearing guidelines to allow the body to adapt to the use of the brace gradually.

Day 1: Only use brace for one hour.

Day 2: Use brace for two hours.

Day 3: Use brace for four hours.

Day 4: Use brace for eight hours.

Continue to use brace as prescribed by your Orthotist for full day use.

Please contact your Ability Orthotist to schedule an appointment for an adjustment if any discomfort is felt and results in redness, bruising or blistering.  Please discontinue the use of the brace until seen by your Orthotist.

Cleaning and Maintenance:

  • The best way to clean an AFO is to spray rubbing alcohol on the inside and out and wipe down with a dry cloth. This will remove any body oils and residue.
    • If AFO has foam padding, it is recommended to clean once a week to prevent sweat, dirt and grime build up.  This can also help to eliminate smells.
  • If the Velcro is not sticking well on the brace, check for lint build-up on the

Velcro and remove it.


  • Do not over use brace during the initial wearing phase.  This can cause skin irritation.
  • Be aware that volume changes in the body can affect how the AFO will fit.
  • Do NOT ever sleep in the AFO.