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What Is Foot Drop?

What is Foot Drop?

Foot Drop is a muscular weakness or paralysis that makes it difficult to lift the front part of your foot and toes.

It’s also sometimes called Drop Foot or Flaccid Paralysis Drop Foot and can cause you to drag your foot on the ground when you walk. It usually only affects one foot, but both feet may be affected, depending on the cause. It can be temporary or permanent.

Foot Drop is a sign of an underlying problem rather than a condition itself. This could be muscular, caused by nerve damage in the leg, or the result of a brain or spinal injury.

Common conditions which can cause Foot Drop include; muscular dystrophy, motor neurone disease, trapped nerve during hip & knee replacements, neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis.

What does Foot Drop look like?

A patient suffering from Foot Drop will usually present with a high stepping gait, increased knee lift and foot drag. Usually the foot strikes the ground with the toe rather than the heel and with poor foot clearance during the swing phase of gait.

The condition may also have an impact on knee control and stability. A typical indication of foot drop is excessive wear at the toe end of the patient’s shoe on the affected side.

What are the treatment options for Foot Drop?

There are various treatments available for the management of Foot Drop, these include:

  • Ankle Foot Orthoses more commonly known as drop foot splints.
  • Physiotherapy, muscle strengthening.
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)
  • Surgery such as tendon transfers.

Most popular medical device for Foot Drop treatment?

The most popular product Orthotix supplies to the NHS patients across Wales and England for effective treatment of Foot Drop is known as the Boxia™ Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO).

This clinically proven ankle foot orthosis utilises the latest in technological advances and materials to provide a drop foot support that is modern, comfortable and discreet by design.

It’s low profile soft fabric design consists of two components; a cuff situated above the ankle and a non-slip hook attachment which fixes externally onto footwear under the lacing closure. The device can also be worn without footwear by combining it with the Boxia Shoeless Attachment

How does the Boxia Drop Foot AFO work?

The Boxia™ Drop Foot AFO support raises the forefoot, providing vital foot clearance during swing phase. This reduces the risk of tripping over everyday items such as rugs, kerbs and uneven surfaces. The Boxia™ encourages natural gait pattern by allowing normal ankle movement when stepping off the foot.

View our professional fitting video below to learn more about this simple but effective product which is helping thousands of people suffering from Foot Drop across the UK.

Boxia™ Drop Foot AFO

  • Comfortable and cosmetic orthosis designed for discreet treatment of flaccid paralysis drop foot.
  • Consists of two separate components; a cuff situated above the ankle and a non-slip hook section which fits between laces/hook and loop straps of footwear.
  • Both components are connected via an elastic tension strap which enables complete adjustment of the required level of dorsiflexion.
  • Made from perforated material for ventilation and includes gel padded sections for enhanced Achilles and dorsiflexor tendon comfort.
  • Discreet design which does not occupy any space in the shoe.
  • Device raises the forefoot, providing vital foot clearance during swing phase, thus reducing risk of tripping over everyday objects.

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Boxia

  • Comfortable and cosmetic orthosis designed for discreet treatment of flaccid paralysis drop foot.
  • Consists of two separate components; a cuff situated above the ankle and a non-slip hook section which fits between laces/hook and loop straps of footwear.
  • Both components are connected via an elastic tension strap which enables complete adjustment of the required level of dorsiflexion.
  • Made from perforated material for ventilation and includes gel padded sections for enhanced Achilles and dorsiflexor tendon comfort.
  • Discreet design which does not occupy any space in the shoe.
  • Device raises the forefoot, providing vital foot clearance during swing phase, thus reducing risk of tripping over everyday objects.

 

Boxia shoeless attachment

  • Attachment enables the Boxia AFO to be worn and used effectively without any footwear.
  • Consists of perforated breathable fabric anatomically designed to the shape of either left or right foot, providing support through padded arch area.
  • Please note this attachment needs to be used in conjunction with the Boxia Drop Foot AFO to be effective.
  • Available in black and beige.

Boxia Plus

It can be fitted using just one hand which is an enormous advantage for patient autonomy and independence. Comprised of:

  • One supramalleolar part made of micro-perforated breathable fabric that wraps around the ankle. It features a pad in the back that hugs the Achilles tendon and provides maximum comfort and distributes pressure. There are also relief points offering a massage effect on the soft parts. The central anchoring system can be adjusted to the ankle perimeter to guarantee the most adequate position for each patient.
  • An elastic traction band keeps the ankle in a neutral position and connects the supramalleolar part to the “S” hooks or the hook to the footwear.
  • The anti-slip hook attached to the footwear and a strap that is secured to the laces prevents undesirable movement.
  • 4 pairs of “S” hooks for greater stability and varum-valgum foot control.

Boxia™ Shoeless Attachment

  • Attachment enables the Boxia AFO to be worn and used effectively without any footwear.
  • Consists of perforated breathable fabric anatomically designed to the shape of either left or right foot, providing support through padded arch area.
  • Please note this attachment needs to be used in conjunction with the Boxia Drop Foot AFO to be effective.
  • Available in black and beige.

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Our modern Cardiff facility boasts a clinic room, fitting room and patient waiting area which enables us to open our doors to the general public for the first time.

Our entire product range is stored on-site so we can offer a comprehensive choice of product with instant availability.

Our non-technical product can be issued whilst you wait by our experienced Healthcare Assistants and diarised Healthcare Professionals are also available when assessment and fitting of more complex product is required.

How Can We Help You?

Our walk-in clinic offers a comprehensive range of class 1 medical devices designed by UK Healthcare Professionals. Our product range encompasses all regions of the body from head to toe, offering an orthotic solution for various orthopaedic conditions and sporting injuries. Full size ranges including paediatric are available whilst-you-wait and experienced staff are at hand to assist you.

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Walk-In Healthcare Assistant Service

Most of our products are deemed as non-technical which means that our experienced in-house Healthcare Assistants can aid you with fitting and product specific information during your visit. This service is free of charge, with all products chargeable at our recommended retail price.

No appointment is necessary for this service, our walk-in clinic is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

If you are unsure whether you need to see a Healthcare Professional please use the ‘Request An Appointment’ tool below, and a member of the team will contact you shortly to confirm.

Typical products available include:

Post-op footwear, protective walker boots, bunion splints, gel podiatry products, heel inserts, ankle supports, simple knee supports, hernial underwear, abdominal binders, basic back supports, elbow sleeves, finger splints, wrist bracing, slings, foam collars, soft shell protective helmets etc.

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Diarised Healthcare Professional Service

We also offer a diarised appointment service with our in-house Orthotist or Podiatrist. These qualified medical professionals are available on scheduled days to offer assessment and fitting for a variety of our more technical products. This option is subject to a service charge, with all products chargeable at our
recommended retail price.

Please contact us using our details or the ‘Request An Appointment’ tool below and a member of our team will contact you to discuss your requirements, confirm a time and date and provide costings.

For VAT relief a vat exemption certificate will be required.

Typical products available include:

Off the shelf orthotic insoles, textile drop foot orthoses, carbon fibre ankle foot orthoses, paediatric dynamic ankle foot orthoses, limb de-rotation devices, compression hosiery, technical knee bracing, ACL skiers bracing, osteoarthritis unloader knee bracing, rehabilitation arm & leg gaiters, inguinal hernial trusses, scrotal trusses, hip orthoses, bespoke lumbar supports, ready-made spinal bracing, complex cervical collars, made to measure orthopaedic helmets etc.

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If you are thinking of attending our Healthcare Assistant led walk-in service or seeking an appointment with our Healthcare Professional, please get in touch with us via our contact details or by using this online tool.

Once we’ve received a request for either option, a member of our dedicated customer service team will then contact you to discuss your requirement, provide further information and confirm a booking time slot.

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Dynamic Walk AFO – Bilateral

  • The Dynamic Walk is a dynamic drop foot AFO constructed from lightweight carbon fibre composite and peek rods, providing high strength and flexibility allowing patients to undertake daily activities with ease.
  • The revolutionary thermoplastic carbon fibre material exhibits the strength and stability of carbon fibre coupled with the re-formable attributes of a thermoplastic. This enables the reshaping and trimming of the composite material to suit individual patient’s requirements.
  • The peak rods are key to the Dynamic Walk’s lifting action and flexibility. When a patient’s ankle is in a 90° position, the rods are held out of their unloaded position and will use that stored energy to actively lift the foot at the initiation of the swing phase.
  • The ability of the peek rods to be moved beyond the 90° position enables the patient to easily plantarflex. This ensures that everyday activities such as crouching, walking up or down stairs, driving etc. are all possible without the need to adjust or remove the orthosis.
  • Simple to don and doff and discreet design means that it is easily accommodated in footwear.
  • Please note all variants are issued with padding kits as standard.

Orthotix Expansion Continues

Situated on the outskirts of Canton in Cardiff, lurks a sleeping giant of the orthotic healthcare world. The family-owned business Orthotix, now under third generation management is proud to be flying the flag for Wales and has been punching above its weight in a fiercely competitive industry for several years. In 2017 the dynamic team behind the business set out an ambitious expansion plan that would see them reach for new heights.

Aptly named Orthotix, specialises in the niche healthcare sector of orthotics which is defined as a branch of medicine that deals with the provision and use of medical devices such as splints, braces and supports. Orthotix has been supplying off-the-shelf products of this nature designed for orthopaedic pathologies, medical conditions and sporting injuries since its inception in 2004.

The newly renovated 25,000 SqFt Headquarters situated on Sanatorium road is a testament to the extraordinary journey the business has undertaken since its humble beginnings in a dilapidated unit on a bleak Merthyr Tydfil Industrial Estate. The current Executive Director, Paul Cooper recalls his first day of employment at the original site,

“…it was a dank miserable morning in Merthyr, I parked up outside what can only be described as a grotty old garage and I remember questioning whether I’d made the best career choice! At that time, we only had two staff, two paying customers and five products to offer so it was fair to say that things could only get better… we just embraced the challenge”.

Orthotix has recently upscaled their operations significantly. Employing 20 staff they are an accredited NHS supplier of a diverse range of orthotic products encompassing all regions of the body from head to toe. They distribute over 500 medically approved products, with many manufactured in the UK and others sourced from market leading global partners which now include OrlimanPavis, and RibCap

Having just been awarded a multi-million-pound supply contract they will now see their products issued in every NHS hospital in Wales for the next four years and they have similar trade agreements in place across the rest of the UK. Orthotix is also proud to be recognised as the official suppliers of sports and rehabilitation bracing to Cardiff City FC, Welsh Athletics, Welsh Netball, Celtic Dragons and Disability Sports Wales.

With the third generation of the family business now coming to the fore and taking over the management reigns it has brought fresh impetus. The open-mindedness and lateral thinking of the grandchildren of the original founder have enabled Orthotix to flourish into a modern multi-channel business.

The emergence of online sales saw Orthotix establish multiple online trading platforms to encourage the general public to purchase product of this nature directly from the comfort of their own homes. The use of professional how-to-fit video demonstrations, simple to follow measurement charts and informative product guides has made this a reality.

The new Headquarters incorporate a private-health style customer reception area, complete with product fitting rooms which are open to the public Monday to Friday. Anyone can walk-in without an appointment or come via referral from GP or other Healthcare Professionals for assistance with non-technical orthotic product. If a patient requires the attention of a clinical Healthcare Professional known as an Orthotist, then a diarised appointment can also be made to facilitate this. It’s a truly unique experience which provides the public with direct access to a choice of medically approved product for a plethora of common injuries/conditions whilst they wait.

One of the main advantages that Orthotix possess is its access to an in-house team of multidisciplinary Healthcare Professionals. Over the last decade this benefit has enabled the development of innovative new products for the UK marketplace. Some of the most successful to date include; ankle foot orthoses for drop foot, fashionable soft shell helmets for epilepsy, discreet hernial underwear for inguinal hernias, clinically proven functional insoles for flat feet, colourful stock gaiters for kids, de-rotational straps for lower limbs and many more.

Newly appointed General Manager, Hayley Huntley outlines the next steps in the ongoing Orthotix expansion plan…

“…. Now that we are up and running in our new upsized HQ, we can concentrate on the formation of our 6th Edition product catalogue which will accommodate 50 new exciting products. This is pencilled in for completion towards the end of the year. We are also working on a top-secret project with our partners Orliman and we are also thrilled to be officially partnering with the award-winning podiatry company ACE Feet In Motion. This will see us launch and distribute their first retail ready OTS range of podiatry products…. So all in all, we are going to be flat out for the rest of 2019!”

It’s clear that Orthotix is making big strides with their expansion plan and remain focused on their mantra of

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