The Richie Brace® was developed in 1995 by Douglas Richie D.P.M. and introduced to the podiatric market in 1996 after significant prototype testing and modification. The first true podiatric ankle foot orthosis, the Richie Brace® has revolutionized the orthotic industry by providing a new dimension of non-operative interventions for the most challenging pathologies affecting the lower extremity.

The Richie Brace® has demonstrated wide versatility in treating sports injuries as well as debilitating degenerative pathologies of the foot and ankle.

Richie Brace Indications:

  • Lateral Ankle Instability
  • DJD of Ankle or Hindfoot
  • Drop foot - mild to moderate
  • PTTD
  • Peroneal Tendinopathy
  • Severe Pronation
  • Charcot Arthropathy
  • Acute Ankle Sprain

The Richie Brace® is a custom ankle brace (ankle foot orthosis) designed to treat chronic conditions of the foot and ankle including Drop foot, PTTD, ankle sprains and other causes of foot and ankle pain. Introduced to the medical community in 1996, The Richie Brace has revolutionized the non-operative approach to the most challenging pathologies treated by the foot and ankle specialist.

With a contoured balanced orthotic footplate articulated to adjustable semi-rigid lower leg uprights, the Richie Brace is ideally suited to stabilize rotational forces at the Midtarsal, Subtalar and Talo-Crural joints. Modifications and enhancements are available to add further restriction of motion in the sagittal, frontal or transverse plane.


The Richie Brace® is a revolutionary alternative to traditional ankle braces and ankle-foot orthoses (AFO's). The lightweight construction and low profile design features of the Richie Brace allows better shoe fit, more freedom of movement and reduced pain from injury. Many of our patients can eventually recover and discontinue wearing their brace. That's why our commitment to "Restoring Mobility" is on every product we make.

The Richie Brace is fabricated from an impression cast taken of the patient's foot and lower leg. It's lightweight, low-profile design is preferred by patients over traditional longer leg solid shell ankle foot orthoses.

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