When discussing ankle braces and AFOs it is important to consider the SAFO®. The SAFO® is a custom made silicone ankle brace made to a plaster mould of each individual client’s foot and ankle. It is manufactured using a combination of medical grade silicones.

These various hardness grades of silicone are used to ensure that each product meets the biomechanical needs of the patient, creating a product that is comfortable a, functional and incredible cosmetic. It allows the use of sandals and a variety of shoes, or even to be used without shoes. Mediclinic’s orthotic service is the leader in fitting these remarkable devices to successfully alleviate the symptoms of what is commonly referred to as ‘drop foot’. Designed as an alternative to the traditional rigid AFO devices the dynamic nature of the SAFO® has seen it used successfully for a wide variety of conditions including CMT, stroke, incomplete spinal injuries, MS and cerebral palsy to name but a few. Paediatric patients and their parents love this product, and it is used successfully in our high performance athletic client groups. This revolutionary product is always one of the considerations during the expert orthotic programme formation, and used often in our patient care. Benefits of the SAFO:

  • Allows ‘normal’ foot/ankle action
  • Improved sensory feedback
  • Improved balance
  • Can be worn comfortably against the skin
  • Can be worn with or without a shoe
  • Easy to fit, clean and maintain
  • Can be worn for showering/swimming
  • Reduced risk of pressure sores
  • Can be matched with client’s skin tone, is extremely cosmetic and almost unnoticeable

For more information on our services or to book and appointment, please contact mcme.oandp@mediclinic.ae