The Richie California AFO Brace
The Richie Brace® was designed and introduced to the medical community in 1996 by sports podiatrist, Dr. Doug Richie. Since that time the Richie Brace has become a gold standard treatment in the orthotics industry. It is universally recognized by podiatrists, pedorthists, orthotists and orthopedic surgeons as a unique breakthrough technology to treat a wide variety of foot and ankle pathologies. Many imitations have followed, but none have achieved the fit, comfort and clinical success of the Richie Brace.
The Richie Brace is lighter than most custom ankle-foot orthoses. The leg uprights are designed to leave the front and back of the leg open for breathability and comfort. Once the Richie Brace is positioned on the foot and leg and the Velcro straps are adjusted, the user is hardly aware they are even wearing it. After initial adjustment of the three straps, daily application and removal of the Richie Brace involves the simple opening and closing of one single strap. All of the straps of the Richie Brace can be easily and in-expensively replaced without the need for rivots or glues.

The Richie Brace® has been successfully prescribed for over 20,000 patients with PTTD over the past 7 years. The custom contoured footplate and the orientation of the leg uprights of the Richie Brace® are ideally suited to control the abnormal pronation forces occurring with PTTD. Most patients find the lightweight, low-profile design of the Richie Brace® to be far more comfortable than traditional long leg solid shell ankle foot orthoses. Thus the Richie Brace® has now become the preferred method of non-surgical treatment of PTTD by foot and ankle specialists.

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  • Adjustable Leather Closure over tibia & forefoot
  • Patented Medial or Lateral Arch Suspender
  • Rearfoot Stabilizing Post
  • Continuous single strap closure-no laces
  • Total restraint of foot and ankle movements
  • Self-adjusting arch support
  • Prevents medial/lateral instability

Clinical Indications:

  • Rigid, non-reducible Adult Aquired Flatfoot (Stage III & IV)
  • Severe DJD or Deformity of hindfoot
  • Charcot Anthropathy

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