AnonymousAugust 3, 2006 at 9:29 pm
I used AFO’s. They are best if you get them made by an orthotic specialist. My insurance paid most of the cost because my doctor wrote a prescription for it. They do work but they can make it difficult to fit into shoes. I had to wear wider shoes with the AFO. Wearing the AFO is much better than tripping or falling due to foot drop. Good luck to you.
AnonymousAugust 4, 2006 at 10:03 am
I have worn them and they do help the foot drop problem, they also seemed to add some stability when I tried to walk. Mine we made by a company that makes orthopedic products and were custom fit. My doc wrote a prescription and medicare paid for them.
The draw backs are they are made of plastic and are hot and it is almost impossible to drive with them. You will need to find the shoe that you want to wear and have they fit to the shoe.
I recall on the old Forum someone got a pair from Norway (I think) and they said they were much better. There was a website where you could order them.
AnonymousAugust 4, 2006 at 3:50 pm
Thanks for the info guys….I seen the ones on the internet where they tie in to your shoelaces and then velcro strap onto a velcro ankle wrap. I only seen a couple of brands and the ones i was looking at are the ”Dorsi strap”.Again i appreciate the info as only my ankles have ever bothered me in the 10 yrs i’ve had CIDP. Before this disease i did 250 lbs -15 times on the calf machine at the gym and now i cant even raise my foot up. I really appreciate this forum and all. Take care !! ericc !
AnonymousAugust 4, 2006 at 9:13 pm
I have found my AFO’s extremely helpful. I fell frequently before getting them from drop-foot; I haven’t fallen once since I got them. My primary wrote a prescription to get them custom made for both feet. I wear Rockport sport shoes and the tech took out the linings and they fit. I ordered sandals with two velcro straps across for the summer. I can’t wear them all day because my feet get too tired, but it’s nice to have a change. I drive with no problem.
I hope they can help you, ERICC.
August 5, 2006 at 4:28 pm
I used the premolded ones for a while until my PT said that AFOs would be necessary due to the foot drop. Then my doc wrote an order and I went thru [B]Hanger [/B]to have custom ones made. I have to wear a larger shoe size and take the lining out (I have another liner I added inside the AFO to make them more comfortable) and haven’t fallen since 🙂
I’ve graduated where I only where them when I am walking longer distances such as the grocery store, etc. they are bulky and uncomfortable at times but it sure beats kissing the pavement in public, LOL!
Plus, I was able to order them in a really cool shade of purple (my daughter picked out the color). I figured as long as I had to wear them, why not wear them with a sense of fun!
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