SAFO® workshop

Dorset Orthopaedic is a world-leader in the manufacture and supply of silicone products around the world.

The worldwide patented SAFO® (silicone ankle foot orthosis) was developed and researched at Dorset Orthopaedic and to this day the product has been supplied to thousands of clients in the UK and around the world to successfully alleviate the symptoms of what is commonly referred to as ‘drop foot’. Designed as an alternative to the traditional rigid AFO devices the dynamic nature of the SAFO® has seen it used successfully for a wide variety of condition.

Our Ringwood manufacturing centre is home to our highly skilled SAFO® team made up of technicians who have come predominantly from an arts background and who have been highly trained in house to be able to make SAFO®’s to the highest level of quality.

All SAFO® products are made bespoke to a plaster mould of each individual clients foot and ankle and are manufactured using a combination of medical grade silicones. These various hardness grades of silicone are used to ensure that each product meets the criteria for the treating orthotist and indeed meet the expectations of the client, creating products that are comfortable and functional.

SAFO®’s are used to treat a wide variety of conditions that cause ‘drop foot’, common conditions treated include CMT, Stroke, incomplete spinal injuries, MS and Cerebral Palsy to name but a few.

Dorset also manufactures the SAFO® for clinics all around the world, please see our worldwide partner page to find out more.

Dorset Orthopaedic is accredited to the standard ISO 13485 and as a medical device manufacturer, we are fully compliant with the requirements of the Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EEC.

The SAFO® is also a benefactor of the Queen’s Award for Innovation.

To find out more, please email us by clicking here or call +44 (0) 1425 481740.