Identifying and determining the most effective methods and procedures for making plastic AFO is the focus of this education program. A plastic AFO is custom fabricated with molded plastic that encloses the back of the calf and bottom of the foot. It may be fabricated with or without ankle motion. It is to be worn with a Velcro or lace up shoe.At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:
1. Describe the design and rationale of various AFOs, including metal and leather, rigid thermoplastic, and articulated thermoplastic variants
2. Describe principles of biomechanics and kinesiology as they relate to the design and function of lower extremity orthoses
3. Identify materials and componentry used in the fabrication of AFOs
4. Rectify schema generated for the fabrication of metal and leather AFOs
5. Demonstrate knowledge and skill to prepare positive models for thermoplastic AFOs including Category I & II modifications and sagittal plane angular corrections
6. Demonstrate knowledge and skills to fabricate metal and leather AFOs incorporating tibial torsion.
This continuing education course is approved for three (3) CEU credits from the ABC. A certificate from the O&P Technology Program at SFCC will be provided once the course has been completed.
Questions contact SFCC.OandPnewsletter@sfcc.spokane.edu or by phone 509-533-3231