The UTX ESF is a lightweight long leg brace (also called KAFO, orthosis, or splint) and extension of the UTX line.
Sometimes the ankle foot region needs more control. This can be the case, for example, if there are anatomical deformities around the foot or ankle. A custom made Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) will then be better able to provide good fit with the desired correction and support.
Also, the load line on the leg with an AFO can be more affected. For example, a serious knee over stretching can be better managed if we start from the ankle to keep the working line of the loading on the leg line as close as possible to the knee, which means that the AFO should ensure that the lower leg in the ankle can not lean too far back.
For those situations, the UTX ESF has been developed. This orthosis combines a lightweight UTX frame with an individually custom-made Ankle Foot Orthosis (EVO) to ensure optimal control over both the ankle and the knee. ESF is an abbreviation of AFO (in Dutch EVO)-STABIL-FREE, which refers to the construction of this leg brace: the integration of an UTX STABIL or an UTX FREE with a custom-made AFO.
The UTX SWING can also be combined with an AFO, but then there is also needed a UTX ankle hinge that is located next to the AFO (while this is not required at the STABIL and FREE). For this we have developed the UTX ESC. How it works, read more here