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Knee Ankle Foot Brace – Use and Care

Wear in Schedule

It is necessary to follow a gradual increase in wear to build up your skin and soft tissue tolerance to the brace. Unless otherwise instructed, begin by wearing the brace one to two hours your first day. Add one hour per day as tolerated until you are comfortable wearing the brace full time and do not experience any red marks or pressure sores on the skin.

The brace ordered by your provider is designed to help support your knee, ankle, and foot. It is to be worn during waking hours or for all weight-bearing activities.


Your KAFO should always be worn with a sock and shoe. The sock should be long enough so you have no exposed skin in contact with the brace. This will help prevent rubbing as well as absorb perspiration. Low-healed, lace-up shoes, such as walking shoes or sneakers, are ideal. The shoe should fit snugly with the orthosis, not allowing the foot to slip inside of it. Never walk on the brace without a shoe on. This may cause you to slip and fall or break the brace.

Skin Care

Check your skin after every wear period for any new signs of redness or irritation. This is especially important if you are diabetic or have a lack of protective sensation in your legs. Your brace should fit snugly but not cause any pain, bruises, or blisters. Some amount of pinkness is expected in areas of maximum correction or support. Any redness should disappear within 15 minutes of removing the brace. If you feel pain, or if redness on your skin lasts more than 15 minutes, call the office to schedule a follow-up appointment to have the brace adjusted.

It is important to keep your skin clean to avoid irritations. Mild soap and water are recommended. Do not use lotions, oils, or ointments under your brace. If needed, use sparingly and allow to dry before putting the brace on.

Care of your Brace

When to Call for an appointment

You should see a bracing specialist for a follow-up appointment within a few weeks of receiving your brace. Please call if you notice the following:

Never attempt to adjust or repair the inserts yourself.

If you have questions, you are always welcome to reach out to us and we are ready to assist.

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