There are numerous types of ankle-foot orthoses (AFO’s) available for individuals needing an orthotic device to provide support and/or stability for their lower leg(s). The type of orthotics device that you are ultimately fit with is dependent on your medical condition and the diagnosis from your attending physician.
These devices have many names and can either be prefabricated (off-the-shelf) or custom fabricated for each individual. Not all of the AFO-style orthotic devices that are available meet the needs of all patients. For many patients, the use of a prefabricated AFO might be appropriate and provide favorable results. However, for those individuals that tend to be more active and put unusually high levels of strain on their AFO devices, Master’s MDU might be the brace for you.
The MDU utilizes advanced technology and combines orthotic and prosthetic design features. It is custom fabricated to fit each individual patient. While there are some competitive devices available from other O & P providers, we at Master’s have engineered the MDU to be available at a lower cost, without sacrificing functionality.
While the development of the MDU has been ongoing, it has been fit on multiple patients with successful results. It was not designed to meet the needs of all individuals that might need an AFO.
To determine if you are a potential candidate for the MDU, please contact our Silverdale office to arrange for a free consultation or speak to your primary care physician.
Advantages of the MDU:
– More structurally significant than most traditional lower leg braces
– Helps users walk with a more normal and efficient gait (with proper training and practice)
– It can potentially reduce lower limb joint pain
– Helps certain users restore their function and return to their previously active lifestyles
– Less expensive than similar types of dynamic lower leg braces (DBS®, IDEO®, EXO SIM®)
– Rigidity of posterior strut is adjustable meet individual user’s needs
Possible candidates for the MDU:
– Individuals with a loss of power in multiple muscles; general drop foot combined with quadricep/plantar flexion weakness
– Individuals experiencing a high incidence of structural failure of previously used orthotic devices due to high activity levels
– Individuals suffering foot or ankle issues for which additional surgeries are not an options
Individuals that should not be considered to be fit with the MDU:
– Individuals for which traditional lower leg braces are suitable or appropriate
– Individuals that exhibit a sedentary lifestyle
– Individuals that have severe ACL instability
The MDU was recently featured on the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal!
Pictures of the MDU
Videos of an MDU User
Interview with the Designer of the MDU – Dan Goodnough, CLPO