Diane Vitillo is an Occupational Therapist who was challenged by one of her patients, a young stroke survivor, to make him a product that he could use to independently put on (donn) his ankle foot orthosis and shoe.
"The Original AFO Assist" was launched in 2012 and thanks to suggestions from our customers, we redesigned the product to facilitate greater independence in use.
We launched our new design the end of 2017 and have received many heartwarming testimonials from our clients, physical and occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals worldwide.
The AFO cradle will securely hold your AFO in place while you insert your foot. Using a Leg Lifter may help some clients get the job done more easily!
Some clients find it easier to donn the AFO before getting out of bed in the morning. With our redesigned product...you can choose which method works best for you!
While wearing your AFO, you can't tip your toes down to slip into your shoe. So we designed the "Shoe Platform" to facilitate shoe donning. Placing the "Foot Funnel" on the heel of the shoe keeps the heel from collapsing and reduces the friction of the AFO as you slide into the shoe. Then just use the string to pull the "Foot Funnel" out and you're on your way to re-engage in life!