Insightful Products Step Smart Drop Foot Brace

Insightful Products Step Smart Drop Foot Brace

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Smart Step Drop Foot Brace
Smart Step Drop Foot Brace Smart Step Drop Foot Brace Smart Step Drop Foot Brace
The Insightful Products Step Smart OTS (Off-the-Shelf) brace is great for Drop Foot as it helps restore a natural heel strike. This is accomplished by pushing the foot into gentle dosiflexion (brings the foot up) during the swing phase and then decelerates the foot during heel strike.

The assistance helps prevent foot slap while allowing plantarflexion, something traditional devices do not do. Plantarflexion is required to press the gas pedal of a car for example. Without a device at heel strike, the foot will slap down to the ground or plantarflex too quickly, with this device, the foot will gently land on the ground at plantarflexion

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SKU: SL23313
Availability: 998
MSRP: $250.00

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The Smart Step OTS (Off-the-Shelf) brace is great for Drop Foot as it helps restore a natural heel strike. This is accomplished by pushing the foot into gentle dosiflexion (brings the foot up) during the swing phase and then decelerates the foot during heel strike.

The assistance helps prevent foot slap while allowing plantarflexion, something traditional devices do not do. Plantarflexion is required to press the gas pedal of a car for example. Without a device at heel strike, the foot will slap down to the ground or plantarflex too quickly, with this device, the foot will gently land on the ground at plantarflexion

Sizing
If you have wide feet, with a heel width of greater than 2.5 inches, then go with the large, if you have a narrow foot, with a heel width less than 2.5 inches, then go with the small.

Features of the Smart Step Brace
  • If you have wide feet, with a heel width of greater than 2.5 inches, then go with the large, if you have a narrow foot, with a heel width less than 2.5 inches, then go with the small.
  • Assists walking by lifting the foot up and bringing it down with resistance.
  • A pre-load controls deceleration when the heel contacts the ground to prevent 'foot slap'. 
  • Gives you more shock absorption than other types of drop foot braces via the preload.
  • Avoids the malleoli bone (either of the two rounded protuberances on each side of the ankle) to reduce irritation.
  • Lower profile design let's you wear most types of shoes.

Step-Smart Break-in Instructions:

It is recommended to get the foot accustomed to your brace:

  • Day One: Wear the brace 1 hour in the morning and then 1 hour in the afternoon.
  • Day Two: Increase to 2 hours in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.
  • Day Three: Increase to 3 hours in the morning and 3 in the afternoon.
  • Day Four: Increase to 4 hours in the morning and 4 in the afternoon.
  • Day Five: Increase to 5 hours in the morning and 5 in the afternoon.
  • Day Six: Increase to 6 hours in the morning and 6 in the afternoon.
During this first week, it is important for you to examine your feet visually after each wearing period.  Red marks are normal (like the kind you get from your socks), but they should go away in 30 minutes.  If not, contact your health care provider.
   
Other notes:

  • For ease of donning, put the brace in the shoe first, then use the loop in back to help pull the brace and shoe on together.
  • Always use a sock  under the brace that is high enough so that it is higher than the top of the brace.                         
  • Always use a shoe with the brace.
  • The brace is mostly water resistant and you should not hesitate to wash it or use it in the water.  The two rivots on the calf section may rust slightly, but will not fail easily.
  • Seat the brace back in the shoe utilizing the included velcro.

Adjustability:
The joints may be customized to one of five different levels of dorsiflexion assistance. The practitioner can determine the proper level of dorsiflexion assistance by evaluating the patient's step-length, weight and other factors.  In general, the compression components are chosen to match the patient's specific shock absorption requirements.

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5 Most useful customer reviews

Tami

Nov 15, 2013



GREAT BRACE! My husband had a stroke almost 2 years ago & suffers from Drop Foot because of it. We have tried numerous braces & even had one specifically made for him. None of them have done with this brace does!!! Even his two Physical Therapist's were totally impressed & referred it to other clients. My husband is more stable & comfortable with this brace & it gives all of us some piece of mind. ** One thing to note** - there is a cushion piece on the Velcro strap that goes around the ankle, however it was not long enough & part of the Velcro strap cut into my husbands leg. I sewed a small piece if the same material to lengthen the protection (took 5 minutes) & now he has no issues at all. He comments all the time how light weight it is but it really works keeping his toes up. I would so recommend this brace!!! The price is very reasonable compared to the other braces out there. I know, we've spent a fortune on others.

Advantages: Size: Runs True to Size.
Shoe Width: Runs True to Size.
Would buy again.
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Andrew

Sep 23, 2013



It felt wonderful to walk with a normal gait again. The brace is a little uncomfortable at first, but after a few days I hardly noticed it. I spent a good 15 hours on my feet recently and for the first time in ages my left leg didn't fatigue. I may have to add a little height to my right side shoe to balance out the thickness of the brace. (I feel like I'm leaning to one side) Over all, I'm happy with my purchase.

Advantages: Size: Runs True to Size.
Shoe Width: Runs True to Size.
Would buy again.
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Ram

Nov 3, 2012



Smart Step Drop Foot AFO Brace Very effective in correcting my foot drop due to polio almost eliminating risk of fall. Very simple and clever design.

Advantages: Size: Runs True to Size.
Shoe Width: Runs True to Size.
Would buy again.
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Anonymous

Oct 26, 2012




Advantages: Size: Runs True to Size.
Shoe Width: Runs True to Size.
Would buy again.
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Karen Peterson

Aug 9, 2013



Don't buy The side bar gouged my ankle so I couldn't even put it on. I immediately returned the item and was refused a refund because they claimed it was used and dirty. Don't buy from this company!


Disadvantages: Shoe Width: Width runs narrow.
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