Learn About Allard Braces

The Quantum Leap in

AFO Technology

The content on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, orthotist, therapist or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

Introduced in 1997 as the first Allard AFO, ToeOFF® is now recognized as a quantum leap in AFO technology. Today hundreds of thousands of individuals with gait impairment now enjoy a higher quality of life, thanks to the stability and dynamic response provided when wearing one of Allard’s many carbon composite orthoses.

More experience than any company in the industry and their commitment to providing only the highest quality product and customer service continue to position them as the world leader in carbon composite AFO technology.

In pursuit of their drive to expand Allard’s “Support for Better Life,” their product development team aggressively researches new materials, technology and product designs that will extend the opportunity for improved gait and walking capacity to more and more individuals with lower extremity deficiencies.

For more information about Allard’s orthotic solutions and how they offer Support For Better Life, please see the downloadable Brochures section below or visit www.AllardAFO.com

KiddieGAIT BabyTM
KiddieGAITTM
KiddieROCKERTM
Ypsilon FlowTM ½
ToeOFF FlowTM 2 ½
ToeOFFTM 2.0
ToeOFFTM 2 ½
(Launches September)
BlueROCKERTM 2.0
BlueROCKERTM 2 ½
(launches September)
ToeOFFTM
addition 2 ½ Camo
(launches September)
ToeOFFTM
addition 2 ½ Birch
(launches September)
ToeOFFTM
addition 2 ½ Black
(launches September)

Allard Support for Better Life

Allard AFOs have helped hundreds of thousands of people regain quality of life by offering a variety of braces for people with Foot Drop or other gait impairment. Depending upon stability and dynamic response needed—specifically, levels of muscle/nerve weakness, spasticity and range of motion in the foot and ankle—there are many options from which to choose: Ypsilon FLOW® ½  provides mild stability, the ToeOFF® 2.0 and ToeOFF FLOW® 2 ½ provides moderate stability and the BlueROCKER®, BlueROCKER® 2.0 maximum stability. Additionally, Allard offers pediatric solutions for young brace wearers including KiddieGAIT®, KiddieROCKER® and S.W.A.S.H.®

Allard proudly advocates for those living with mobility impairment by supporting Get Back UP Today. Led by volunteer Co-Captains, the Get Back UP Today movement is proof that mobility challenges do not have to alter one’s quality of life. For those who may be struggling to “get back up”, we encourage you—and your caregivers, friends and family—to read inspiring stories, find motivation, and join this world-wide team of individuals living their best life despite health obstacles.

Download Brochures

Support for
Better Life

Allard AFOs

The ToeOFF® Story

Allard AFOs

GO with the Flow!

Allard’s newest
generation of AFOs

Diagnosed with
Foot Drop?

Adult
Consumer Brochure

An Ankle Brace They
Will Want to Wear!

Pediatric
Consumer Brochure

Summary of
OSU Independent
Study of Carbon
Fiber Orthoses

Allard AFO
Professional
Instructions

Allard AFO
Patient
Instructions

SWASH:
Sitting, Walking
and Standing Hip Orthosis

Allard AFO

FAQs

How do I get an Allard AFO?

Allard AFOs are all prescription braces that can only be ordered and fit by a certified orthotist. All you need to do is get a prescription from your Primary Care Physician or Physical Therapist requesting an Allard AFO (MAKE SURE THEY INCLUDE THE PHRASE “NO SUBSTITUTIONS” TO ENSURE YOU RECEIVE THE HIGHEST QUALITY PRODUCT). If you are not currently seeing an orthotist, please call Allard’s main office, where their friendly Customer Service Specialists will be more than happy to help you find one in your area.

How do I find an Orthotist near me with experience fitting Allard AFOs?

Allard Customer Service Specialists are available Mon. – Fri. 8:30AM-6PM Eastern via phone at (888) 678-6548 or email at info@allardusa.com

What happens during an AFO fitting?

To schedule a fitting you will first need to get a prescription for an Ankle-Foot Orthosis from a physician. Your physician may refer you to a particular O&P (Orthotic and Prosthetic) facility or practitioner, but you are free to utilize the O&P of your choice.

Most fittings are done by certified orthotists in hospitals or in clinical settings, such as the facilities mentioned above. Before any fitting can happen there must first be an in-depth assessment between you and your clinician. During a first appointment the clinician evaluates your specific medical and physical conditions and may take various measurements, scans or casts of your affected limb/s.

Equally important in the initial appointment is that you, as the patient, provide crucial information about your daily activities and life goals: Do you have a job that requires strenuous labor? Do you have special hobbies or preferred activities where certain braces will not work well? The relationship between you and your clinician should be a partnership where good communication on both sides is key to obtaining a brace that works best for you. There is no one brace that is right for everyone.

Once you and your clinician have finished your initial assessment, various options of bracing will be considered and it will be up to both of you as to which one will best suit your needs.  From there your brace will be ordered and a second appointment will follow where you will receive your brace and have it customized for best fit and function. It is not unusual to return to the clinician as you are first getting used to your AFO; often there are adjustments necessary for optimum comfort and function so be sure to call your fitter should you have any problems at all.  If there is any redness, irritation or abnormalities of the skin integrity please contact your provider, especially if there is reduced feeling in the lower extremities.

How much is an Allard AFO?

Bracing cost depends on several variables such as your insurance provider and how much customization has to be done to the brace. Your orthotist should be able to help answer any questions you have about general cost/billing.

Will my insurance cover the brace?

Allard USA is the manufacturer and distributor of Allard AFOs, and as such, do not deal directly with insurance companies or insurance billing. The facility where you are being fit for the brace should be able to help you with any insurance/billing/payment questions you may have.

Who might an Allard AFO not be right for?

Ultimately, a certified orthotist should be consulted about whether an Allard AFO is appropriate for you. However, some instances in which Allard AFOs may not be the best solution are:

  • Leg ulcers
  • Moderate to severe edema (swelling caused by fluid accumulation)
  • Moderate to severe foot deformities **NOTE: Some foot amputations can be managed with the insertion of a partial foot prosthesis
  • Severe hyperextension of the knee that cannot be managed orthotically **NOTE: Ask your orthotist about Allard’s CROSS or COMBO brace in combination with an Allard AFO
What are the limitations of my Allard AFO?

It is recommended that certain activities be modified to extend the life and functionality of your brace:

 

  • When climbing stairs, the wearer should place their entire foot on the step instead of walking on the balls of their feet.
  • When climbing a ladder, the center of the foot should be placed on the rung to minimize weight bearing on the ball of the foot alone.
  • Squatting should be avoided as it will significantly increase the stress on the brace and increase the risk of breakage.
  • Take care to not leave your brace laying down to reduce possibility of someone stepping or sitting on it.
  • Do not expose your brace to temperature extremes such as leaving it in a car trunk on a hot day or outdoors during extreme cold.
  • Be sure to check the skin area around the brace as well as the brace itself every day for irritation or abnormalities, especially if there is reduced feeling in the lower extremities.
What are some of the issues you should immediately bring to the attention of your provider?
  1. You continue to trip or fall
  2. You feel any pain or even discomfort from the orthosis or pressure from your shoes
  3. You can’t walk as far as you can without the AFO
  4. You feel any pain discomfort in your knees, hip, or back that you don’t feel when not wearing the AFO
  5. When you are wearing your Allard AFO, you start to feel you do not receive as much “push-off” assist as you initially did
  6. If there is any redness, irritation or abnormalities of the skin integrity please contact your provider, especially if there is reduced feeling in the lower extremities

Can’t find the answer to your question?

Contact the Get Back UP Today team here. For additional information about AllardAFOs or Support For Better Life, please visit AllardAFO.com or contact Allard Customer Service Representatives who will be happy to assist you!

Phone (Monday through Friday 8:30AM – 6:00PM Eastern Standard Time)

Website: AllardAFO.com
Email: info@allardusa.com
TOLL FREE: (888) 678-6548
Local: (973) 983-6000
Fax: (800) 289-0809

The content on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, orthotist, therapist or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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