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AFO Wear Schedule Instructions

 

AFO’s (ankle foot orthosis) take time to get used to wearing.  In order to reduce the risk of blisters and other skin irritation, a wear schedule is used which starts out slowly.  It may take up to 2 weeks before the AFO’s are able to be worn all day long.  Your physician who prescribed the AFO’s should tell you when and how long each day they would like them to be worn.

 

  1.  The first time the AFO’s are worn they should be taken off after 1 hour and you will need to check the skin for any redness.  Redness is normal, but it should go away within 30 minutes after you take the AFO’s off.
  2. If the redness goes away within 30 minutes then you can wear the AFO’s for 2 hours before taking them off again.  At this time you should again check for redness and time how long it takes to disappear.  If it goes away within 30 minutes you can then wear the AFO’s for 3 hours at a time before checking for redness.  Continue adding 1 hour each time and checking for redness or blisters when you take the AFO’s off.
  3.  If at any point the redness does not go away within 30 minutes then you should not progress to the next length of wearing time.  For example:   If you have worn the AFO’s for 3 hours and the redness takes 40 minutes to go away, then put the AFO’s back on for 3 hours and check again when you take them off.  Do not progress to 4 hours until the redness goes away within 30 minutes.
  4. If redness ever lasts more than 1 hour or if a blister is rubbed open, please call our office at (478) 474-8040 and let us know what is going on so that we can address any issues that may be present.

 

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