A Segmental Approach to AFO Design Using Composite Materials

ABC approved 2.0 CEUs

Event Date:

Oct 17, 2020 11am – 1:30pm

In this two-hour event, we will be addressing the design choices that can be made to produce the optimal patient results using carbon fiber technology. We will be discussing the use of prefabricated vs. custom AFOs. The presentations will cover a unique and advanced usage of the posterior dynamic return strut. The goal being, how to take advantage of the resistance nature that pre-impregnated carbon fiber materials allow. Advances in composite materials have created the opportunity to design and build lower limb orthoses that are more mechanically efficient. The clinicians will discuss the change in approach that takes place once we separate the function of the individual components within a lower extremity composite orthosis. We will go over proper casting and scanning techniques and present different modifications a practitioner can use to make a carbon fiber AFO. There will also be a conversation about proper footwear and what is appropriate for AFO use.  ABC approved 2.0 CEUs


    Richard Dubin

    CEO, Publisher LER Magazine

    Wade Bader, CPO

    President Kinetic Research

    Keith M. Smith CO, LO FAAOP

    Residency Director | Orthotic and Prosthetic Lab, Inc.

    Valarie O’Brien, CPO

    Production Manager | Kinetic Research

    Scott Auerbach, CPO

    Staff Clinician | Kinetic Research


    Fireside Chat

    A Segmental Approach

    October 17, 2020, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT(-04:00)
    Wade Bader, CPO
    It is important to be able to break apart each segment in a carbon fiber AFO design; the footplate, the strut, and the cuff. By combining them appropriately, you can see the function of each piece and put them all together to create the optimal AFO.


    The Posterior Dynamic Return Strut

    October 17, 2020, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT(-04:00)

    Keith M. Smith CO, LO FAAOP
    There is a common misconception that the only way to provide ground reaction force is to use an anterior AFO. This section delves into how to effectively take advantage of resistance in a posterior AFO design.


    Carbon Composite AFO 101

    October 17, 2020, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT(-04:00)
    Wade Bader, CPO, Valarie O’Brien, CPO, Scott Auerbach, CPO , Richard Dubin
    Everyone has seen the typical carbon composite AFO but how do you pick which one is right for your patient? This section will go over different AFO types and how to pick between a prefabricated or a custom device.


    Working Out the Kinks

    October 17, 2020, 12:30 PM – 01:00 PM EDT(-04:00)
    Valarie O’Brien, CPO, Scott Auerbach, CPO , Wade Bader, CPO
    Not every AFO is a perfect fit right out of the box. This section will give insight on some tricks and techniques to have a successful fitting. It will also detail ways to be successful before the cast or scan even leaves your office

    Cocktail Party

    Afternoon lunch chat

    October 17, 2020, 01:00 PM – 01:30 PM EDT(-04:00)
    Valarie O’Brien, CPO, Scott Auerbach, CPO , Wade Bader, CPO
    This is an opportunity to network with speakers and attendees in a casual and inviting atmosphere.

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