Carbon Fibre AFOs


Carbon Fibre AFOs

BY Jon W

28 July 2015

A London man has returned to running after a successful collaboration between two leading UK companies.

Mr Jan Raposa has peroneal, gastrocnemius and soleus weakness with ankle instability following a herniated L4/5 lumbar vertebrae. Being otherwise fit and healthy – Jan’s rehabilitation goals were to return to his previous high-level activities - running and triathlons. However, attempts at running using thermoplastic AFOs caused his weakened right ankle to collapse into a valgus position and he had no propulsion effect at push-off. This made running impossible.

Jan’s Orthotist, Alan Hews, senior Orthotist at London Orthotic Consultancy identified this clinical problem. Alan sought input from the team at Orthotic Composites Ltd. Orthotic Composites provide composite fibre design and engineering solutions for the prosthetic and orthotic industry. The two companies worked towards the ambition of providing Jan with an AFO precise and strong enough to meet the demands of his rehabilitation goals.

The running AFO designed for Jan takes its lead from AFO designs first seen in military settings It incorporates a range of materials including carbon fibre, aramid and high-density polyurethane – whilst also utilising BOA fastening technology. The result for Jan was an AFO design strong enough to allow for effective toe strike running. Propulsive force at push-off is achieved via the energy return characteristics of the composite fibre structure. Jan’s stride length increased and he is now regularly running for the first time since his herniated disc.


We have the following facilities and amenities at our Kingston Upon Thames location:

  • Free parking
  • Wheelchair ramp
  • Disabled toilet
  • Baby changing facilities

We also have the Gait Laboratory for orthotics patients and Onsite Manufacturing for speedy turnarounds and adjustments whilst you wait.

We have the following facilities and amenities at our Cambridge location:

We have the following facilities and amenities at our Bristol location:

  • Free parking directly outside the clinic
  • Large Waiting Room
  • Free tea, coffee and water
  • No Toys (Due to Health & Safety Requirements of the clinic)
  • Baby changing space (In clinic room)
  • Fully wheelchair accessible
  • Short walk to Clifton Village centre for shops, restaurants & cafes

For more information, visit Litfield House Medical Centre.

We have the following facilities and amenities at our Romford location:

  • Large waiting room
  • Disabled access toilet


There is NO parking directly outside the clinic. These spaces are reserved for residents.

The nearest parking can be found at Billet Lane public pay & display opposite Queens Theatre, a 2-minute walk from the clinic.

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LOC’s clinic is based in the University of Salford’s Podiatry Department and provides treatments for orthotics, scoliosis, pectus deformities, positional plagiocephaly and club foot.

It is also the base for LOC’s northern OSKAR clinic which is run by Sam Walmsley, clinical director of LOC, in conjunction with Elaine Owen MBE MSc SRP MCSP.

Due to COVID-19, we have had to temporarily close the Salford clinic and are operating out of another clinic in Bolton. 

508 Blackburn Rd,

Astley Bridge,




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