Smart Step Drop Foot Brace
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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

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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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A very worthwhile choice
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Review comment It took a bit of getting used to, so give yourself that time. Once I'd adjusted, it was easily the best support I've found so far. I particularly like the variable level of resistance.
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Excellent Brace.
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Review comment i have a spinal cord injury and i use them on both feet for foot drop. The only brace i found to restore normal ankle motion.
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Review comment Follow the break-in recommendations and you should have no trouble. I was a little sore the 1st day, not so much the 2nd day, and by the fifth day I wore it all day with no problem. And it does solve my drop foot problem. I can walk almost normally again.
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Review comment works great ! would recomend to anyone needing this type of brace
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Review comment I have had drop foot for for 5 years, it restores the ability to walk naturally well constructed and durable I highly recommend it.
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Review comment I have had foot drop for 2 years , tried various braces from nhs but nothing worked or fitted very well, now I can walk normally with no fear of falling could do with a uk distributer though .
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Review comment The brace takes some getting used to, but wouldn't any:) Very easy to customize,with easy adjustments.Impressed my physical therapist.Good bye, worth the money!
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Review comment Have tried several braces. Can finally walk at a normal pace with the smart step. Have very large calfs was concerned about the fit it worked perfect
Fit:  True to size
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Would you Buy again?:  Yes
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Review comment Excellent design works well at last can where any type shoe
Fit:  True to size
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Would you Buy again?:  Yes
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Review comment Excellent brace every bought
Fit:  True to size
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GREAT BRACE!
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Review comment 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.
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The best
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Review comment I don't even think about my dropped foot with this brace. Since I've put it on, I have not drug my toe, stumbled or fallen once. I wish that I had it years ago. It would have saved me many a fall. Very comfortable.
Fit:  True to size
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Review comment 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.
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Review comment I found these hard to put on at first but soon loved them. I feel like I have a normal ankle bend and I have more coordination at the gym. I would buy extras if/when needed and have showed them to my Physio and other foot doctors who also like them.
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Don't buy
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Review comment 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!
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Would you Buy again?:  No
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Review comment ability to walk is 100% improved. Being able to bend my ankle is great. Would recommend to anyone with a nerve palsy to foot and ankle. Great product
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Review comment This is a very good brace for everyday use. I have had no problems getting used to it. It is comfortable and does the job well. I wear size 11 shoes and the large is perfect. It fits into most of my shoes unlike my larger custom made brace.
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Review comment Very effective in correcting my foot drop due to polio almost eliminating risk of fall. Very simple and clever design.
Fit:  True to size
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Would you Buy again?:  Yes
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