“Love my new AFO brace!”
It’s always so exciting to hear from a satisfied patient! Check out what Karen emailed us this week:
“I’m a current patient of Dr. Nicole Freels at Lexington Podiatry. I initially went to see Dr. Freels about foot pain, which turned out to be a neuroma, but I’m not going into detail about that. I’m writing about my drop foot due to Multiple Sclerosis.
“You see, I was walking with a limp and a cane due to the fact that I wouldn’t wear my AFO brace for many reasons. I felt like it was more of a hindrance to me than a help. It was heavy, unflexable, and made my calf hurt, so I refused to wear it. I would only wear it if I knew that I’d be doing a lot of walking in unknown territory, like when we’d go to Natural Bridge or some other place like this, but that was it! The rest of the time, it sat in my closet.
“Dr. Freels noticed my foot dragging and before she even suggested a brace, I told her I had one that I refused to wear and why. She asked me if I would try this new brace if my insurance would cover it. I was leery, but agreed, very doubtful that I would like it. But not only do I like it, I love it! I don’t /won’t go anywhere without wearing it. It’s light, has just enough flexibility that you don’t feel like you’re wearing it, and I no longer use my cane. Now it’s going to sit lonely in the closet!
“I walk more natural with it, quicker gait, it’s given me my confidence back because I don’t have the fear of falling because of my foot and I can brace myself in crowds, so as not being afraid of getting accidentally bumped and knocked down.
“My advice is this, don’t knock it until you try it because you may just end up loving it!”