Online Course
Introduction to Ankle-Foot Orthoses
Learn about the pros and cons of AFOs for different conditions

1.5-2 hours





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Donna Fisher
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Donna enjoys opportunities to educate and teach and has extensive knowledge and experience in Prosthetics and Orthotics

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An ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) is a specific type of assistive device that, as its name suggests, covers the foot and ankle. There are three main types of AFO: flexible, rigid and jointed. Each device has specific advantages and disadvantages. The orthotist's key goal is to create an apparatus that will ultimately help patients achieve their highest functional level. This means the device should not hinder the patient but provide assistance so that they can achieve their goals.


This course aims to provide learners with an understanding of the process of creating ankle-foot orthoses and the criteria for prescribing these assistive devices.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Videos
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.5 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss the terminology and goals of treatment related to ankle-foot orthoses
  • identify common conditions treated with ankle-foot orthoses
  • explain the design, measurement and optimal position for ankle-foot orthoses
  • discuss prescription criteria and clinical justifications for ankle-foot orthoses

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Donna Fisher: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
The basics are always great. How I wish I had this available as an undergraduate!
Lauren Heydenrych
South Africa
This course includes excellent learning points for physiotherapists who did not have much working experience with clients who needed AFO.
Nan May Hnin Su
It is a nice course reminding us as physiotherapists what to consider on AFO prescriptions after a patient assessment.
Innocent Elinimo Msuya
Thank you very much for your topic. It helped me a lot in my practice, and I am more equipped now than before.
Bernardo Jr. Cainto
Trinidad And Tobago