lifEnabled Dynamic AFO: One month later on an actual patient affected by MS

The lifEnabled Dynamic AFO has gone from concept stage to a working prototype that is in a clinical trial right now. The patient I have chose to wear the prototype has MS and is wearing the AFO’s bilaterally. Initial report are positive and she is enjoying the “spring” she gets from the AFO’s. She reports that the braces feel lighter than her previous pair and that she is walking faster with them. Standing up for her is a snap because she can load both AFO’s and they help her get up out of a chair. She is able to walk without assistance and come to a complete stop and stand, which she had not been previously able to do. She is excited about the AFO’s and would like to see other people affected by MS benefit from them. We will continue the trial as I want to make sure the dynamic rods will take the stresses long-term.

What is unique about this AFO? I believe it is the only Thermoplastic one-piece AFO with no hardware (screws, bolts, etc.) that is in development. The AFO can be fabricated without any special equipment and is cost effective to make, which means this technology will be available to a large patient population. We will see where this design goes, but I am excited to see the results so far.

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2 responses to “lifEnabled Dynamic AFO: One month later on an actual patient affected by MS

  1. Angela O'Connell

    Brent,
    Just wanted to touch base with you and let you know that the AFOs are absolutely for me! In the summer months, I wore them with my short pants and had several people give me positive comments…”those are cool”, ” the colors are awesome”. Now that the weather is getting cooler, I will be wearing them 24/7, as they are needed for my ambulation! I am still using the walker, but with the AFOs, I am able to walk quickly and with confidence! I am having NO PROBLEMS with them and so glad that I have them. I am enjoying showing them off to others! I did meet an MS stranger while traveling in the mountains, and she was so interested in them. She is to email me and get more information on my pair. Will let you know when I hear from her!
    Hope that things are going well for you and the family!
    ~Angela

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