Point-Counterpoint: Do AFOs Have A Role In Fall Prevention?
Physicians can take a rational approach in dealing with elderly patients suffering from lower extremity sensorimotor deficiencies and fall risk by implementing a targeted multifactorial treatment plan that incorporates physical therapy and use of custom dynamic AFO devices. This can improve their patients’ balance control and quality of life.
Dr. Christensen is in private practice at Ankle & Foot Clinics Northwest in Everett, Wash. He is the Founder and Director of the Northwest Surgical Biomechanics Research Laboratory, a division of the International Foot and Ankle Foundation for Education and Research. Dr. Christensen is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.