Preliminary research suggests the use of a kinetic return ankle foot orthosis is associated with small but significant shortterm increases in calf circumference, which in turn suggests this type of device might reduce or protect against the risk of disuse muscle atrophy.
Meier RH, Ruthsatz DC, Cipriani D (2014). Impact of AFO (ankle foot orthosis) design on calf circumference. Lower Extremity Review, 6(10), 29-35.
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This article was originally published in Lower Extremity Review, volume 6, issue 10, in 2014.