August 2016

Ottobock AFO reduces knee OA pain

By Emily Delzell

A study published July 8 in the Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery found an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) made by Duderstadt, Germany-based Otto­bock significantly reduced pain and stiffness and improved physical function in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA).

Investigators from Ottobock, the University of Göttingen, and other German centers found the AFO improved Western Ontario and McMasters Universities Arthritis Index (WOMAC) total and subscores, visual analog pain, activity restriction, and complication rate in 23 patients with mild to moderate unicompartmental knee OA.

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