Michael Smith of Carbon Express in Land-O-Lakes, Florida, has been fabricating very minimalistic ankle foot orthoses using carbon fiber. Michael’s core business is central fabrication of low extremity orthotics using carbon fiber. The pictured ankle foot orthosis (AFO) includes Tamarack™ Dorsi Assist Flexure Joints.
Orthotists commonly use Tamarack Dorsi-Assist joints in AFOs intended for people who need assistance dorsiflexing the ankle. This might be a person, for example, who has drop foot.
Practitioners have reported to Michael that patients like the open design because heat is more easily dissipated.