Introduction to Bracing
Most DAFO patients lack some degree of voluntary control of the foot and/or ankle. Simply put, a DAFO brace (sometimes called an orthosis or splint) provides support to help a patient maintain a foot/ankle position, encourage mobility, and ultimately, improve stability and success.
What makes an authentic DAFO unique?
The intimate contact of a thin, flexible contoured brace, wrapping around the entire foot provides better foot sensation and alignment than a typical rigid AFO. We believe children learn movement by moving. Rather than relying on a rigid brace, the foot and ankle should experience as much useful movement as possible. A child needs to explore foot position in a guided range. The DAFO acts like guard rails on a highway, providing the freedom to move ahead, yet with protection from danger. Flexibility is built-in to every Cascade DAFO, with support only where the child needs it; the least amount of support to get the job done.