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Step Smart AFO Brace
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Step Smart brace offers a complete solution for drop foot. AFO makes walking feel natural and less tiresome; Better functionality and comfort.

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The Step Smart Brace by Insightful Products is a more energy efficient ankle brace (AFO) design for drop foot patients. It uses a unique Jacob Joint with rubberized compression components that gently lifts the foot and ankle with each step, and allows for variable shock absorption at heel strike. The Step Smart drop foot brace comes with three different sets of replaceable compression stoppers that provide the right degree of clearance at swing phrase based on the weight of your body. The Step Smart brace for drop foot offers a dynamic lift that more closely resembles the normal swing through phase of walking. Walking feels more natural and is less taxing on your leg and hip muscles. Easy to use guide is included with each Step Smart brace - offers assistance in determining the correct compression component to use and how to install them in minutes.

Step Smart Brace Features:

  • Dorsiflexion-assist Jacob Joint™ pushes foot into gentle dorsiflexion during swing phase.
  • Comes complete with three sets of replaceable compression bumpers.
  • Provides customized toe-off assistance through different compression components (stoppers).
  • Fits inside all shoes and does not subscribe to foot length and lower leg height considerations like other models. 
  • Unique joint design provides the ability to feel the foot clear the floor with each step with dorsiflexion assistance.
  • Adjustable shock absorption according to your weight and step length.
  • Provides resistance to plantarflexion the instant the heel hits the ground.
  • Makes walking feel natural and less tiresome.
  • Two sizes - please see our sizing chart tab for important measurement instructions.
  • Left/right specific.
  • Made in the USA.

Recommended Manufacturer HCPC:  L1971, L2210

Indications

The Step Smart AFO can be used to treat:

  • Neurological injuries resulting in foot drop.
  • Appropriate for mild to severe foot drop.
Sizing chart

Size Chart:

Measure the width of your heel from behind in a standing position: Choose according to heel width, with some consideration towards the footplate length and shoe size. The end of the footplate should land behind the metatarsal heads:

step smart drop foot brace sizing

Size Heel Width US Shoe Size Footplate Length Model Number
Right S/M up to 63mm (2½") Up to: Men’s 8.5 or Women’s 10  6.25" 23213
Right L/XL up to 76mm (3") Greater than: Men’s 9 or Women’s 10.5 6.75" 23215
Left S/M up to 63mm (2½") Up to: Men's 8.5 or Women’s 10  6.25" 23313
Left L/XL up to 76mm (3") Greater than: Men’s 9 or Women’s 10.5 6.75" 23315
Specs

 Step Smart Brace compression info

Reviews
Uncomfortable
Very uncomfortable and rubbed badly on my skin.
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Helps my severe foot drop
I purchased five other AFO braces for my severe foot drop and I like this Step Smart the best out of all of them.
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My father likes it.
I bought this for my father and he likes it - works well.
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It does not fit inside my shoes.
Unfortunately, it doesn't fit inside any of my shoes. Had to return it.
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Very impressed
I got this for my husband who has a drop foot on his right side. He has tried a lot of braces around $1000 each and never felt like they worked well. They would always cause blisers. This one is fantastic. He was able to install the bumpers right out of the package and start using it in just a couple of minutes. His walking looks more stabile with this brace and he seems more confident when he walks. Thank you for your help selecting and ordering this brace.
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Five stars - It really works!
This brace is well worth the price. It really works!
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Wonderful for drop foot
The product actually works! It really helps my drop foot and everyone says that I am walking much better with the brace.
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This has improved my walking
This brace has improved my walking and balance tremendously. Recommended.
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Keeps my ankle stable
Unlike other products that I've looked at, this one actually keeps my ankle stable without compromising on comfort. It fits inside my shoes too.
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Helps you walk normally
The brace forces you to walk with a normal gait. It's unbelievable how much better my walking is now with this product.
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Stronger and more durable than I anticipated
It's more durable than I anticipated. I have very aggressive foot drop. I went from a full foot AFO to this and it works perfectly.
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Can finally walk again
I can finally walk straight again! I've had dropfoot for almost 30 years, and have had many trials and errors with other braces. This one really works. I feel more stable on my feet, and now have a spring in my step!
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Not he right product
It does not work for a weak leg and severe foot drop. Didn't help me.
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Repeat customer
This is my third time ordering the Step Smart from DME-Direct. I like this afo way more than I like the custom made one that I have. I can wear sandals and a few others too, which I love. My feet get claustrophobic-feeling quite often and especially in other braces, but never in the Step Smart. I have had a pretty severe foot drop for 17 years now. I’ve tried many different types of afo’s, and this is by far my favorite!
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Takes a little practice with fitting inside shoes
I had three custom afo devices made & two other standard type of devices all of which were too painful, too uncomfortable, and too awkward. This takes a little practice getting it on but after you get it on and in your shoe, it's really easy to get used to and no pain on the front of your leg like the typical walking devices; way more affordable than the custom made braces too.
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Helps walking with MS
the brace has been great in providing stability and has decreased the effort to walk. Dealing with MS anything that conserves energy and reduces tripping is a win.
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The strap broke
I'm paralyzed from the knee down and the strap broke on the first day that I tried to use it inside my cowboy boots.
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My gait feels natural
I feel more stable, my back doesn't hurt as much when I walk, and my gait feels pretty natural. Also, it fits in most of my shoes and is invisible underneath my pants.
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Not tripping anymore
Have drop-foot from nerve damage after several back surgeries — all the usual problems — tripping, big toe bending under, flop-footed walk, leg weakness. My doctor recommended this for my drop foot and it has truly been a blessing.
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Doesn't produce a burning sensation like my other brace
I have PPMS and have used five other hard AFO's and even carbon fiber AFO's. All are awkward to walk in and I had a terrible burning sensation on the bottom of my foot which made them all miserable to use. This Step-Smart Drop Foot Brace is wonderful. I've been wearing this every day for about 2 weeks and love it. No burning sensation because the foot of the brace is shorter and does not run the full length of the foot toes.
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Tried three other braces before stumbling onto this one
This brace is worth every penny. I developed foot drop came out of no where after having a knee replacement. Cheaper brands did not work. Even the PT was impressed with how it worked. It doesn't fit in all shoes. I bought black and brown lace up ankle boots, which worked best.
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Great foot brace
The three levels of tension inserts are a simple and excellent advantage. My wife is now on the strongest level, walking mostly without a cane and feels that her foot and ankle are stronger because of this Step foot brace. Even her orthopedic surgeon was impressed with her improvement.
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I feel more stable and don't wobble when i walk
The different colored bumpers were easy to change and provide the proper tension for both my severe right foot and my moderate left foot condition. The lower height makes it easier to wear under pants or over leggings.
I have been very stable in these. Not even a wobble.
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This my favorite solution for my foot drop
I have right and left foot drop due to spinal injury so I ordered two Step Smart braces. Over the years many years since my condition developed I have tried the Foot Up brace, Swedish brace, soft stability braces, a walking boot, Bioness and WalkAide devices, and most recently Ottobock Walk-on Trimable orthotics. This one is much more affordable and works just as well.
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This Step SMart brace is amazing
This step smart brace is amazing. I never used a plastic style brace but used several different types that were of the velcro type. This is so much better. My walking has improved so much more. I am walking a lot better and do more walking.
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It's a wonderful product that works.
The brace really helps with my foot drop and it is easy to use and quite comfortable to wear. I can now walk with greater confidence and feel much safer in my apartment and when I'm walking outside. Great, simple design and it works!
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Can almost walk normally
I can almost walk normally now at home. Thank you!
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Effective and Comfortable to wear
My husband suffered from drop foot after a severe stroke in February. H did not like the AFO issued by the hospital because it was stiff and painful to wear. The Step smart brace is really good. He loved it from the start and feels confident using it for long periods of time here at home. Highly recommended.
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My wife loved it
My wife has been suffering from drop foot after an old hernia surgery and was really having trouble getting around with her walking. This product has improved her quality of life dramatically. She instantly loved the feel and comfort of the device with no time needed to "get used to it". She had been using one these braces before and didn't like it so maybe that had an effect on her liking this Step Smart so much immediately.
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Amazingly good
Amazingly good. I have CP H/P foot drop. I have had surgery for drop foot, but this AFO makes me almost walk normally. I love that it is cheaper here than at Amazon.
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Didn't fit my shoes
It's well made but didn't fit inside any of my shoes so I returned it.
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CAn walk again normally
I can walk without thinking about walking. I walk almost normal. Having foot drop I constantly battle with tripping and walking like frankenstein. Not anymore.
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Best price I found online
I have severe foot drop from recent spinal issues. After going through several other braces (ankle cuffs with straps to lift the front of shoes) that either broke or didn’t work at all, and not wanting to deal with the problems and discomforts of a traditional molded AFO, I called Insightful Products twice with lots of questions and then ordered a Step-Smart brace from DME-Direct. I wept openly after wearing it for only a few minutes, discovering that I could actually walk again.
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Feels normal when I walk
I don’t have to think about lifting my foot anymore when I walk. I feel like a normal person when I walk again.
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I was a tad bit skepitacl about this product...
I use this product daily at work as I am on my feet most of the day. I have Primary Progressive MS & have drop foot. I was a tad skeptical about this product at first. You might need an added insole to your opposite, unbraced foot to help balance you out. Worth every penny.
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Best yet!
Best one yet and I've tried them all.
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Good so far
Love the improvement. It is taking a little time to get used to the dynamic nature of the brace along with the "bumpers" but now it's perfect. So far it is looking good.
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Very comfortable and useful brace
This product has been working very well for me. I have a permanent dropped foot so need this type of brace to help me walk. So far the back of my leg has not been sore as it was with the brace Medicare provides. This is so much better.
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A Real Help
As a 7 year stroke survivor with foot drop and more, I am familiar with AFO's. I received my Step Smart promptly, and found it as advertised. After a 3 day get aquainted period I wear it all day every day. On the 6th day I did 15 minutes on a slow tread mill for the first time in over 4 years. This is wonderful and the brace does fit into all my shoes, its very light, easy to put on and take off, and keeps my foot pointed forward when walking. This is so much better than those custom made things that need extra wide shoes.
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Proudly wears Step Smart
“With the old AFO design, walking was so tiresome that I was content falling on my face rather than use it. I love the Step-Smart Brace because it better mimics the natural ankle motions during walking.
I use it all day long”

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Step Smart for life
...I'm young (34 yrs old) but suffer from drop foot on both my right AND left foot. After experimenting with numerous AFO's over the years and consulting with specialists, this product was finally recommended to me. My main concern was finding something that provided enough support and was also comfortable enough to wear all day. I received two Step Smarts and they were a perfect fit for me - they allow me to walk better! I'll probably wear these for the rest of my life, so you can only imagine how glad I was to find braces that have restored my freedom to "walk around like anybody else"...
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Drop foot? You'd never guess
I'd recommend the Smart Step to ANYONE suffering from foot drop. I'm a sales rep and am walking around all day, everyday. Clients don’t realize that I have dropfoot - because when I wear this, you'd never know that I have that condition. This AFO is truly a life-saver!
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Q&A

Q&A for Step Smart AFO Brace

  • From Viv
    • Q: I’m thinking about purchasing the step smart product for my foot drop caused by MS. I’m size 4 UK and my heel measures 2.15 inches, would the small product fit my foot ok?

    • A: Yes, you will want to order the size Small for your size foot.
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  • From Bren
    • Q: I have a smart step brace which I cannot use since I do not have the bumpers and would like to find some. Would you know where I can order some and what would the cost be? I’m in British Columbia Canada.


    • A: Please contact customer support at 877-742-8784 to order replacement bumpers for the Step Smart afo.
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  • From Beth
    • Q: My foot weakness prevents me from walking without dragging my foot. Will this let me walk heel to toe normally?
    • A: This brace has a 3/4 length footplate on the bottom which lets the toes and front of the foot to bend normally. It also allows for a normal heel to toe gait pattern so that your walking feels natural.
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  • From Richard Barton
    • Q: Can you drive a car with this brace and push down on the gas pedal normally?
    • A: Yes, the foot plate is designed to let the toes flex to help with balance and sense pressure when walking. The brace's joint allows full up and down ankle motion unlike typical braces that lock your foot in a fixed position which makes sing the gas pedal much easier.
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  • From Jeff R.
    • Q: I work construction and have to bend my foot a lot. Can I squat and bend my foot with this brace?
    • A: The length of this drop foot brace is much shorter than others that come up to the knee and thus pinch when squatting or crouching. So this brace is easier to bend down in when you have to crouch down a lot.
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  • From Andrew Benton
    • Q: Can this be worn with my orthotics?
    • A: The Step Smart brace has a built in arch support already so this might affect your foot and ankle if it were to be worn with existing orthotics.
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  • From Ernest
    • Q: My wife wears a size 7 shoe. What size should she buy?
    • A: She should wear a size Small/Medium for it to fit her correctly.
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  • From Gina T.
    • Q: My heel width is 2 1/4". What size do I need?
    • A: You should get the Small/Medium for the correct fit.
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  • From John
    • Q: Some afo braces "load energy" and then release it as you take a step. Does this brace work that way?
    • A: This brace has a joint with rubber bumpers that store energy and then raise the foot back up into dorsiflexion through an arc motion to replicate what it is like taking a normal step.
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  • From Dawn Townsley
    • Q: Can I wear this type of brace with loafers or will it slip out easily?
    • A: Yes, you can wear this brace with almost all types of common shoes.
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  • From Dorris J.
    • Q: Do you have to wear socks with this brace?
    • A: It is not necessary but it is recommended.
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  • From Jonathan33
    • Q: Will this brace protect me from rolling my ankle? I have mild foot drop, and roll my ankle all the time at home.
    • A: Yes, it will help keep your foot positioned normally so that you do not roll over your ankle.
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  • From Deede
    • Q: I have spongy sandals like Crocs. Can I wear this with them?
    • A: It is recommended that you wear these with a typical shoe/sneakers where you'll have more stability when walking.
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  • From BrandonACER
    • Q: Will this fit if you have thick ankles?
    • A: Yes, it has a fully adjustable strap that you can adjust around the ankle and no hard plastic pieces to encroach on the sides of the ankle joint.
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  • From Dave Beck
    • Q: I have muscle weakness so I cannot raise my big toe or foot. Would this help?
    • A: Yes, this brace is indicated for muscle weakness causing foot drop.
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  • From Janet Bishop
    • Q: I have a custom AFO and it's very bulky and doesn't fit inside my dress shoes. Is this thinner and smaller?
    • A: It's smaller and fits inside most types of everyday tennis shoes and dress shoes easily. You may have to adjust your particular shoe a little.
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  • From Bradly45
    • Q: Do you sell the replacement bumpers?
    • A: Yes, call customer service at 877-742-8784 to order.
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  • From James Mathers
    • Q: Is this durable enough for running?
    • A: The brace is durable enough for recreational running/jogging activities.
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  • From KK Samson
    • Q: How do you determine which bumpers to use?
    • A: The instructions include directions for installing the bumpers according to three weight ranges - the green is the least resistance, amber is the middle, and black are the strongest. Use the lowest level that provides enough control and foot lift.
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  • From Laurie
    • Q: Is it difficult to get your shoe on with one of these?
    • A: The brace goes right into the shoe first. Your toes go into the shoe just like you would normally. The brace is only attached once your foot is in the shoe.
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  • From Sam
    • Q: Does this have a lock out mechanism to immobilize the ankle?
    • A: This brace does not have that feature. The Step Smart is designed to lift the foot allowing full flexibility with walking.
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  • From Cami
    • Q: Can the Step Smart brace be worn without shoes?
    • A: No, it's not designed to be worn without shoes.
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