AFO brace for foot drop is a common orthopedic treatment that is covered under the Braces benefit. However, the procedure is not covered when it is performed by a doctor who uses a concentric adjustable torsion style mechanism in the knee or ankle joint. Therefore, improper coding for this procedure results in a denial of the benefit. To address the issue, CPT code A9283, or foot pressure offloading/supportive device, should be used. This type of device may also be a shoe-like item attached to the shoe.
Soft AFO brace for foot drop
Often the cause of foot drop is not diagnosed until a person’s condition becomes severe. In some cases, orthotics may be insufficient. Depending on the cause, a patient may require additional follow-up care such as knee brace orthotics and electrotherapy. Electrotherapy involves the use of a neuroprosthetic device to electrically stimulate the nerves and muscles of the patient’s feet.
Another type of AFO is called the ground reaction AFO. These braces are made of molded plastic. They provide passive ankle dorsiflexion while providing stability at plantar grade. This style of the brace allows the patient’s foot to move in a range that is close to its natural range of motion. This style of brace is most suitable for patients with moderate spastic equinus and minimal ankle deformity.
If the patient is ambulatory and can perform simple activities, they may benefit from an AFO. Foot drop is usually caused by a lack of use or strength of the ankle muscles. A passive range of motion can help correct this condition. An AFO can be used to provide support, reduce pain, and facilitate mobility. If a patient experiences pain, their physician will recommend a soft AFO brace.
AFO brace for foot drop
Foot drop may be caused by a damaged nerve or a variety of factors, and in some cases, orthotics may not be enough. In such cases, a medical AFO is required. An AFO brace is an excellent solution for the patient before and after surgery. Several reasons may contribute to foot drop, including pain, instability, and discomfort. Patients should be aware of their options and the CPT code for an AFO brace for foot drop.
In the case of AFO braces, the device should be linked to the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. If it is not, then it should be coded as a foot pressure off-loading/supportive device, which is a non-covered service. In addition, the orthotic should be paired with the patient’s other treatments, including physical therapy and manual stretching. The patient should also document any shoe modifications, such as a shoe modification, in the Subjective Complaint section.
AFOs for foot drop are typically prefabricated or custom-made. An AFO with an articulated design is recommended in the case of CVA, stress fractures, or medial/lateral instability. However, it should not be used by people with diabetes. A rigid AFO, on the other hand, provides full coverage over the back of the leg but doesn’t allow for movement. It provides complete stability to the foot and ankle. This type of AFO is usually used in pediatric patients with CP or cerebral palsy.