A Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO) is an orthosis that extends over the knee that secures the joints and assists in supporting the lower limb for standing and walking. While there are several common indications for the KAFO the most common are muscle weakness or paralysis of the upper leg. 
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The most common causes of upper leg muscle weakness and paralysis include:
  • Polio
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Congenital (eg. Spina Bifida)
  • Neurological (eg. Charcot Marie Tooth)
  • Spinal Cord Injury

Historically, the only option for a patient with knee muscle weakness was to wear a locked knee KAFO. While this provided stability to the knee during weight bearing activities it caused other associated issues such as gait deviations and increased energy expenditure while walking. In recent years, newer knee joint designs has been developed that can allow more normalised walking pattern by automatically locking and unlocking the knee joint. These are called Stance Control Orthoses (SCO). These knee joints can be used to create a KAFO or KO that is appropriate for patients that fit the treatment criteria of the knee joint system such as the Stance-Control.

Each KAFO is custom-made specific to the individual. A detailed examination and assessment of the patient is needed to allow us to find the best solution for you.

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Please note that all information contained on this website or provided by our clinical team is for reference purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice or medical opinion. We always recommend consulting a qualified healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment.

Our experienced clinical team can manufacture and supply a wide range of custom-made orthoses for you. All custom orthoses are manufactured at our facility in Sydney, ensuring prompt delivery and personalised follow-up.

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