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ABCs of AFOs: Toward an Evidence-Informed Understanding of Ankle-Foot Orthoses

ABCs of AFOs: Toward an Evidence-Informed Understanding of Ankle-Foot Orthoses

ABCs of AFOs: Toward an Evidence-Informed Understanding of Ankle-Foot Orthoses

May 13, 2024 - 16:00 (EDT)
1 hour


We will discuss three concepts foundational to individualized orthotic management of neurological gait impairments: assessment, biomechanical optimization, and collaboration.  

A better understanding of this topic can help clinicians to move away from traditional trial-and-error-based approaches to AFO management, to create client-specific goals and evaluate their effects based on current evidence.

This webinar is suitable for clinicians and students with an interest in gait and neurological populations, and a basic knowledge of AFOs.

Join the Neuroscience Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and presenter, Dr. Kyra Kane BScPT, MSc, PhD, for this live webinar: 'ABCs of AFOs: Toward an Evidence-Informed Understanding of Ankle-Foot Orthoses'.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to 

  1. Describe an approach to improve objective assessment of a client’s gait pattern and appreciate how findings can guide the selection of AFO type and design.
  2. Explain why biomechanical optimization of AFO-footwear combinations should be considered a routine part of orthotic care.
  3. Appreciate the benefits of family- and client-centred multidisciplinary collaboration to set goals and improve mobility outcomes.


The Presenter: Dr. Kyra Kane BScPT, MSc, PhD

Please see 'The instructors' section below for the presenter's bio.

Webinar Registration

The cost to register for this webinar is as follows (all prices in CAD):

  • Regular registration: $20
  • CPA Member registration: $10
  • Embodia Member registration: $10
  • Members of the Neuroscience Health Division: FREE (please check your email for a coupon code from the division). If you don't see the email please contact the division at

The webinar will be recorded and made available as an on-demand course on Embodia Academy. The course, resources, and certificate of completion will be available for free to webinar registrants.


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The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Neurosciences Division

Welcome to the Neurosciences Division (NSD), a not-for-profit division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).

We are a national organization operated by volunteers with a passion for neurological physiotherapy. We connect physiotherapists working in neurological settings to learning opportunities and a community of colleagues across the country.

The Neurosciences Division (NSD) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).

Our Aim is to assist neuroscience physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants in enabling their clients to reach their full potential and participation in their communities through assessment, treatment, assistance, consultation, education, and research.

Dr. Kyra Kane (she/her)

Dr. Kyra Kane has been a registered physical therapist since 1997, with clinical experience in pediatrics and orthopaedics. She is a full-time clinician, adjunct professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Saskatchewan, and Research Advisor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Kyra has an MSc in Kinesiology and Health Studies, a PhD in Health Sciences, and extensive postgraduate training and clinical experience in biomechanical gait analysis and orthotic intervention.

Kyra is passionate about supporting the clinical application of evidence and best practices. She has presented her research nationally and internationally through journals, conferences, lectures, and webinars. Her research interests include examining evidence-based use of individualized ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) for children, understanding the experiences of children and clinicians with AFO prescription, and improving pediatric gait measurement and rehabilitation outcomes.

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