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Carbon Fibre

Carbon fibre

Carbon fibre material is advantageous in orthotics and prosthetics. It is lightweight, stiff, has high durability, and exhibits energy storage properties, making it a great alternative to other materials such as polypropylene1,2,3.

These properties of carbon fibre make it a sufficient material for prosthetic definitive sockets and orthotic applications, such as ankle foot orthoses (AFO’s).

Our high-quality carbon fibre braid has a tight weave, producing a superior low-profile, high-strength finish. It is available in multiple sizes to suit a variety of applications:

Carbon fibre AFO’s are ideal for patients exhibiting foot drop due to a variety of presentations, including common peroneal nerve palsy, cerebral palsy, cerebrovascular accident (stroke), multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease4.

Our prefabricated Carbon Fibre Thrive AFO’s are optimal for accommodating a wide variety of lower limb weaknesses. The lightweight devices provide sufficient support and stability, whilst being comfortable and sleek, thereby increasing patient compliance. The energy-storing characteristic of carbon fibre provides a dorsiflexion assist function, whilst the flexible footplate allows plantarflexion at initial contact and toe off, thereby promoting a reduction in gait compensations.

Our Thrive AFO range includes the Thrive F3 Dynamic AFO and the Thrive F5 Spiral AFO. The F3 Dynamic AFO is indicated for plantarflexor and dorsiflexor weakness, with the anterior shell assisting with knee instability. The F5 Spiral AFO is indicated for dorsiflexor weakness and displays a posterolateral strut, contributing to a low-profile design.

Both Thrive AFO designs can be upgraded to include a magnetic fastening system. This strap design allows the AFO to be fastened and unfastened with a simple magnetic clip, making it especially effective for patients who have reduced upper limb dexterity.

For more information or queries with ordering, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Written by Belle Neal.

References:

  1. Sheehan, C., & Figgins, E. (2017). A comparison of mechanical properties between different percentage layups of a single-style carbon fibre ankle foot orthosis. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 41(4), 364–372. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309364616652015
  2. Choo, Y.J., & Chang, M.C. (2021). Commonly used types and recent development of ankle-foot orthosis: A narrative review. Healthcare, (9), 1046-1057. doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9081046
  3. Wach, A., McGrady, L., Wang, M., & Silver-Thorn, B. (2018). Assessment of mechanical characteristics of ankle-foot orthoses. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 140(7), 1-6. doi: 071007. 10.1115/1.4039816
  4. Feng, Y., & Song, Y. (2017). The categories of AFO and its effect on patients with foot impair: A systemic review. Physical Activity and Health, 1(1), 8–16. doi: http://doi.org/10.5334/paah.3
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