What is a KAFO?

A KAFO is a long-leg orthosis that spans the entire leg which has been designed to meet your individual needs. KAFOs are provided to compensate for muscle weakness, paralysis or skeletal problems which cause lower limb instability.

While there are several common indications for such an Orthosis, muscle weakness and paralysis of the leg are the ones most frequently identified. The most common causes of lower muscle weakness and paralysis include:

  • Partial spinal cord lesions
  • Polio syndrome
  • Traumatic nerve injuries
  • Stoke       
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida
  • MS 


Dorset Orthopaedic manufacture a range of ankle-foot orthoses (AFO’s) that encompass the ankle joint and all (or part) of the foot. With the option of either being rigid or hinged, allowing a degree of forward rotation. Externally applied, the AFO controls the position and motion of the ankle, compensating for weakness and rectifying deformities.