SmartKnit Seamless AFO, KAFO, and SMO Socks from Knit-Rite are truly a difference maker for anyone who wears an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO); knee-ankle-foot orthosis (KAFO); or supra-malleolar orthosis (SMO).
AFOs, KAFOs and SMOs are plastic splints or braces made to keep feet and legs in the correct position for standing and walking. They can be worn for a number of reasons including realigning the joints; providing support to weakened joints or muscles; stopping or limiting abnormal motion; helping to control abnormal muscle tone; and providing protection, any of which can affect people who have one of these conditions: cerebral palsy; multiple sclerosis; polio; Charcot disease; ALS; dropfoot; adult-acquired flatfoot secondary to posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD). Most orthotists, the practitioner who fits patients with their braces, recommend that their patients wear a good AFO sock under their braces to protect their skin. AFO socks must be long enough to cover all the areas of skin which will come into contact with the AFO brace. They must be well fitting. And they must be pulled up firmly to eliminate any creases or other points of irritation. SmartKnit Seamless AFO, KAFO, and SMO Socks are made especially for adults and children that wear these braces.
The most important criterion to those that wear braces is their seamlessness because sock seams can be a major point of irritation. Our socks are made the same way that a caterpillar spins its cocoon – starting at the toe and circling to the top. This process is critical because it is what makes our socks seamless – there is nothing to stitch together.
Another important aspect of our AFO socks is their form-fitting design. Our socks are made with stretchy Core-Spun and Lycra® yarns that provide that much-needed form-fitting design to hug the feet and legs. Fitting snugly against the skin results in a wrinkle-free sock eliminating additional points of irritation.
Another point of comfort is the moisture-wicking properties contained in our AFO socks. In addition to the Core-Spun yarns, our AFO socks contain Polyester, or X-STATIC® — The Silver Fiber® with Lycra® spandex for superior moisture-wicking and antimicrobial properties. Moisture-wicking fibers help to control odors in the sock, as well as keeping feet dry by wicking moisture away from the skin.
Finally, a non-binding Halo Top allows for a comfortable fit keeping the socks from slipping down the leg. Most socks have elastic bands at the tops of the sock that can pinch, bind or be a source of irritation. Our socks do not have a heel, which also allows a better fit.
SmartKnit Seamless AFOs are available in an infant size, three child sizes and three adult sizes. Color options include white, black, grey, charcoal, pink, purple and navy.* KAFOs are available in an infant, size, three child sizes and two adult sizes. Color options include white, black, grey, pink, purple and navy.* SMO socks are available in five different sizes and in white, black, charcoal, pink, purple and navy.
* Not all size options are available in every color.