These “long leg” braces are meant to support and/or correct problems with the knee, ankle, and foot. They can indirectly help stabilize the hip. In general a person would need one of these if they have weakness or deformity (flexible or fixed) of the hip, knee, and ankle. The knee and ankle are jointed and allow just the amount of motion that is needed by the person. They can either be plastic or carbon fiber and fit inside the existing shoe or the traditional metal and leather that is attached to the shoe. Unlike an AFO, the length is from just below the perineum and hip, past the knee and ankle, and ends just before the ball of the foot or goes to the end of the toes.
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