September 04, 2023 2 min read 1 Comment

Supramalleolar Orthosis (SMO) 


Are you or a loved one dealing with mobility challenges caused by certain disabilities? If so, you're not alone. Conditions like cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, autism, acquired brain injury, epilepsy, down syndrome and many more can often impact one's ability to walk comfortably and confidently.


Why are Supramalleolar Orthosis (SMO) so commonly used in Podiatry?


Supramalleolar Orthosis, commonly known as SMO, are highly customised and precision-engineered braces that's allow the foot and ankle to function with the aid of mechanical bracing. It's primarily used in the treatment of lower limb conditions like:

  • Cerebral Palsy: A neurological disorder that affects muscle coordination, SMOs provide crucial stability and support for individuals with cerebral palsy, enabling them to move more freely and comfortably.
  • Muscular Dystrophy: This progressive muscle-wasting condition can cause weakness in the lower limbs. SMOs help maintain proper alignment and support, making walking less strenuous.
  • Flat Feet (Pes Planus): Individuals with flat feet often experience pain and discomfort while walking. SMOs can correct arch collapse and promote a more natural gait.
  • Foot Drop: People living with foot drop often find the most benefit from SMO (Supramalleolar Orthosis) or AFO (Ankle Foot Orthosis) devices which can assist the foot in dorsiflexion to create healthier walking patterns. It’s important to recognise the falls risk associated with this condition



How Supramalleolar Orthosis (SMO) Transform Lives:

  • Optimal Support: SMOs are designed to provide targeted support where it's needed most. They stabilise the ankle and support the arch, helping individuals with these conditions maintain a more natural walking pattern.
  • Improved Gait: For many, walking with certain disabilities can be challenging due to issues like toe-walking or an unsteady gait. SMOs can help correct these gait abnormalities, facilitating smoother and more confident walking.
  • Reduced Pain: Pain is a common companion for those with disabilities. SMOs alleviate discomfort associated with these conditions, allowing individuals to move with greater ease and comfort.
  • Fall Prevention: Enhanced balance and stability are among the key benefits of SMOs. This reduces the risk of falls, which can be particularly hazardous for individuals with disabilities.


At Foot HQ Podiatry, we understand the importance of SMOs in transforming the lives of those with disabilities and those suffering from foot and ankle deformities. Our team of expert podiatrists are dedicated to crafting SMOs that cater to specific needs, ensuring a perfect fit and optimal support every time.


Reach out to us at to schedule a consultation or call us on (02) 8520 8818.



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1 Response

Sofia lim
Sofia lim

June 13, 2024

Reading about others’ experiences with Supramalleolar Orthotics has given me hope. Living with a disability can be challenging, but knowing that there are solutions out there like SMOs makes me feel empowered.

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