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Relationship between use of ankle-foot orthoses and quality of life and psychological well being : a research plan

McMonagle, Christine and Rasmussen, Susan and Elliott, Mark (2009) Relationship between use of ankle-foot orthoses and quality of life and psychological well being : a research plan. In: Psychology Research Day, 2009-12-16. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

An ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) is an externally applied device that encompasses the joints of the ankle and foot, used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular and skeletal systems(ISO,1989,a&b). AFOs are prescribed for people who have a loss of function affecting their mobility, experienced in wide range of conditions such as stroke, poliomyelitis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and osteoarthritis.