R is for the Richie Brace

September 18, 2022

The Richie Brace is an AFO that is used for conditions like posterior tibial tendon dysfunction and lateral ankle instability. It consiist of a custom made foot orthotics with medial and lateral leg braces.

The Richie Brace is a type of custom orthopedic ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) used for the management and treatment of various foot and ankle conditions. It was developed by Dr. Doug Richie Jr., a podiatrist. The Richie Brace is specifically designed to provide stability, support, and control for individuals with foot and ankle problems.

The Richie Brace is often used for the following conditions:

  1. Drop Foot: Drop foot is a condition characterized by weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the front part of the foot. The Richie Brace helps address this by providing ankle and foot support, facilitating a more normal gait pattern.
  2. Ankle Instability: The Richie Brace can provide stability and help manage chronic ankle instability, which may result from ligamentous laxity or previous ankle sprains.
  3. Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD): PTTD is a condition where the posterior tibial tendon, responsible for maintaining the arch of the foot, becomes weakened or damaged. The Richie Brace helps support the foot and stabilize the arch in PTTD cases.
  4. Flatfoot (Pes Planus): The Richie Brace is often used for individuals with flexible flatfoot to provide support and alignment to the foot, reducing symptoms and improving function.
  5. Charcot Foot: Charcot foot is a condition associated with peripheral neuropathy that leads to severe deformity and instability of the foot and ankle. The Richie Brace can provide support and assist in managing this complex condition.

The Richie Brace is custom-made based on the individual’s foot and ankle measurements and specific needs. It typically consists of a rigid or semi-rigid shell that encompasses the foot, ankle, and lower leg. The design of the brace allows for customization and adjustments to optimize comfort, alignment, and function.


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