Asked by: Zoriana Polvorosa
asked in category: General Last Updated: 10th May, 2020

What is the difference between AFO and SMO?

There are all sorts of orthotics. SMO (Supra Malleolar Orthotics) the smaller shoe that helps stabilize the ankle and prevents the arch of the foot from collapsing. AFO (Ankle Foot Orthotics) this brace helps hold the foot and ankle in the correct position.

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Accordingly, what are AFOs and SMOs?

AFO / SMO (abbreviated: AFO) is a brace, worn on the lower leg and foot to support and hold the foot and ankle in the appropriate position. It can be made of plastic or composite materials or metal. AFO / SMO's are also used to immobilize the ankle and foot in the presence of arthritis or fracture.

One may also ask, what is an SMO brace? An SMO (Supramalleolar Orthosis) supports the foot just above the ankle bone or malleolus. SMOs are prescribed for patients who have soft, flexible, flat feet (pes planovalgus). They are mostly worn by children. The SMO is designed to maintain a vertical, or neutral, heel while also supporting the arches of the foot.

In this regard, what does SMO stand for in orthotics?

Supra-Malleolar Orthosis

How much are SMO orthotics?

For patients not covered by health insurance, foot orthotics typically cost about $10-$80 for off-the-shelf orthotics, or about $100-$200 for non-prescription orthotics made from a do-it-yourself mold of the patient's feet. Prescription custom orthotics typically cost about $200-$800.

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