Thrive Orthopedics® UFO-51 Universal Magnetic AFO Brace
Thrive Orthopedics® UFO-51 Universal Magnetic AFO Brace
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Thrive Orthopedics® UFO-51 Universal Magnetic AFO Brace

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Thrive Orthopedics® UFO-51 Universal Magnetic Spiral Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) Brace




Walk easier and more naturally with the all-new UFO-51 Universal Magnetic Carbon Fiber AFO, available soon!

The UFO-51 posterior carbon fiber ankle foot orthosis (AFO) is the future of drop foot bracing. Expert craftsmanship, ultra-sleek design, incredible durability, and dynamic "spring-like" carbon fiber properties make the UFO-51 the best choice for those seeking to return to an active lifestyle.

With our patent-pending precision height adjustment technology, the UFO-51 requires no tools and has 5X as many brace height options as the competition. Our cuff is adjustable to a total brace height of 11.5 to 15.5 inches, making the UFO-51 the tallest and most versatile universal AFO on the market today. 

The UFO-51 has a trimmable footplate that can accommodate every shoe size from Women's size 6 to Men's size 14. Our proprietary strut placement eliminates rubbing and chaffing in the heel common with other AFO designs. With just a left and right design, you can fit your patient's on the go with ease, all while reducing your inventory levels! 

Thanks to your feedback, our UFO-51 posterior spiral design boasts the following best-in-class product features:

✔ EASY-GRAB MAGNETIC CLOSURE - Set it and forget it and never thread a strap through a D-ring again! Leveraging patented magnetic fastening technology, the F-Series magnetic straps will make your life easier. Once your strap is set to size, your AFO effortlessly and securely clicks into place! It unbuckles just as easily by simply grabbing the red pull tab. Tired of constantly replacing Velcro straps? The F-Series Magnetic straps last 5X as long because the magnetic closure does not wear out like Velcro. 

✔ ULTRA-LIGHT– Our aerospace-grade carbon fiber stores and releases energy, providing spring-like dynamic feedback to make walking easier and more natural. Common indications include foot drop, achilles tendinosis, foot slap, MS, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, Charcotmarie-tooth, Guillian-Barre Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, post-polio syndrome, midfoot and ankle arthrosis, and more

✔ 2-YEAR WARRANTY - Maximum durability and the industry's best 2-year total carbon fiber warranty. The UFO-51 Spiral AFO was independently tested to 1.2 million cycles at the equivalent of 275 lb individual with no signs of breakage!

✔ MAXIMUM SUPPORT - The UFO-51 AFO strikes the perfect balance between lightweight construction and optimal support

✔ MAXIMUM COMFORT – The UFO-51 AFO uses thermal-formed, moisture-wicking padding, making this brace the most comfortable and cool AFO on the market

✔ ZERO CONTACT – Our proprietary posterior lateral strut design avoids contact with the ankle bone that causes many other devices to be uncomfortable or painful

✔ FUTURISTIC DESIGN – The breathtaking laminated finish and intricate design details make the UFO-51 AFO the single most premium product in the industry

✔ 5 CONVENIENT SIZES – People are not one-size-fits-all, and your AFO brace shouldn't be either! The UFO-51 AFO accommodates the full spectrum of sizes and anatomies, from Women’s size 5.5 to Men’s size 16

✔ FAMILY OWNED - Thrive Orthopedics is a family-owned, independent business operating out of Carmel, Indiana. We treat every customer like a member of the Thrive family

How Does the UFO-51 Universal Magnetic Spiral AFO Help?

✔ Lightweight, Dynamic Support - The UFO-51 AFO is more than just a foot drop brace. Leveraging ultra-light, aerospace-grade carbon fiber, the UFO-51 is one of the lightest yet most supportive devices available in the industry today. This dynamic control allows for improved support, off-loading, and balance which helps you walk more naturally

✔ Dorsiflexion Assist - People suffering from drop foot lose some or all of their ability to dorsiflex, their ability to raise their foot upwards towards their shin. Because of this, carbon fiber AFOs are often referred to as foot drop braces. The UFO-51 AFO not only provides control and support for users with foot drop, but the contoured footplate design and carbon fiber material properties actually store and release energy throughout the gait cycle to provide dorsiflexion assistance and a spring-like effect for users with foot drop

✔ Flexibility for Plantar Flexion - The UFO-51 Spiral AFO has a sleek, flexible design, optimal for active users who are not experiencing plantar flexor weakness (ability to push foot downwards) or mild to moderate knee instability (see F3 AFO for those conditions). The UFO-51  provides a flexible, passive limitation on plantar flexion which promotes a more natural and dynamic gait with high energy return

✔ Muscle Usage & Posture - Many practitioners and clinical experts cite extensive benefits of the utilization of dynamic carbon fiber ankle foot orthoses over more restrictive and cumbersome plastic devices often prescribed to those suffering from foot drop. According to Randy Stevens, BOCPD, CFO, “The energy restoring aspect of carbon AFOs increases range of motion in the knee and hip, and leads to less abducted gait patterns. More muscles are firing, so we’re not contributing to weakening of the gastrocs. Oftentimes a more normal gait brings with it a more erect posture, as well.”

✔ Incredible Comfort - Our posterior lateral strut design allows the brace to enter your shoe on the outside of your foot, behind the ankle bone, creating a zero contact entry point and eliminating the painful rubbing and chaffing that many users experience with other AFOs on the market. Our moisture-wicking padding is dry and breathable and also washable and replaceable

✔ Designed With You in Mind - If you have ever had a bad experience in the healthcare system, you know the only way to get what you deserve is to advocate for yourself. With insurances and healthcare networks trying to maximize profit by prescribing cheap plastic devices or one-size-fits-all braces that just don't fit, we set out to design a product that we would be proud to give to a member of own family. The UFO-51 AFO is the most premium and functional device on the market - don't settle for anything less

Indication & Fitting Guide

Common Indications: foot drop, foot slap, and other pathologies related to ambulatory weakness associated with conditions such as MS, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injuries, Charcot-Marie-Tooth, Gullain-Barre syndrome, achilles tendinosis, post polio syndrome, stroke, cerebral palsy, mid-foot and ankle arthrosis, or myelomeningocele. 

Do not use this product if: User weight exceeds 299 lbs, user has ulcers on or near AFO contact area, user has moderate or severe edema, user has moderate to severe foot deformities, user has severe ankle instability, user has plantarflexion contracture, user has severe fixed ankle valgus or varus conditions, user has non-correctable triplanar instability, user engages in high impact sports or activities, user has material allergies, user has severe spasticity.

Fitting Tips: 

✔ Utilize appropriate footwear: Our F-series AFOs can be worn with a wide variety of shoes but we typically recommend comfortable, lace-up sneakers with a slightly raised heel height such as Brooks, New Balance, and Sketchers. In most cases, our F-Series AFOs will work perfectly with your current shoe size but if you find yourself needing extra room, you may consider moving up 1/2 a shoe size. 

✔ Measure your current insole: Our F-Series AFOs are intended to be used inside of your shoe, under your current insole. To ensure that you order the appropriate size, measure your current insole and compare the length to the sizing chart above and choose the size that is closest but not significantly larger than the length of your current insole. These devices can only be trimmed by certified medical professionals with appropriate tools and safety equipment to accommodate modifications. 

✔ The straps can be trimmed with scissors: If the strap is too long, remove the Thrive-branded alligator tab from the strap (this is velcro'd on - not sewn on). Trim the strap to the desired length and reattach the alligator tab for a secure fit.


Magnetic Interference and Medical Devices

This product utilizes magnets. Under certain conditions, magnets and electromagnetic fields might interfere with medical devices. For example, implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. To avoid any potential interactions with these types of medical devices, do not use this product unless you have consulted your physician. 

If you suspect that your Thrive product is interfering with your medical device, stop using your Thrive product and consult your physician and your medical-device manufacturer.



Thrive Orthopedics magnetic straps are designed with commercial-grade magnets. Magnetic accessories should not be worn by and/or around persons with implanted electro-medical devices e.g. pacemakers, defibrillators, internal insulin pumps, etc. It is possible that the magnetic field may cause interference in the operation of the medical devices. Thrive Orthopedics assumes no liability or responsibility related to unwarranted conditions resulting in any damage, injury, death or expense in correlation with any use or misuse of Thrive Orthopedics products.

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