Being a full time leg brace wearer can be annoying & frustrating at times, but I’m grateful for them as I would not be able to do all that I can do without their help. So, when it comes to AFOS, the good definitely outweighs the bad, especially when you know hacks to make them more tolerable. What follows are 7 common Afo & orthotic problems and their solutions.
Hello my name is Lainie and I have brain fog. Brain fog by dictionary definition is described as: “a usually temporary state of diminished mental capacity marked by an inability to concentrate or to think or reason clearly.”
Cori Fischer is a college sophomore studying to become an occupational therapist and a part-time intern at Trend-ABLE. Cori has a movement disorder that affects her legs and hands, making everyday tasks difficult. Despite her various physical challenges, Cori epitomizes positivity and perseverance.
When makeup is used to enhance a person’s natural beauty, it can be incredibly empowering. This is especially true for people living with chronic conditions & disabilities. As the saying goes, when you look good you feel good, and when you feel good, you look good.
If you grew up watching The Love Boat, then the prospect of going on a cruise might trigger childhood fantasies of dining at the selective “Captain’s Table”, or kissing handsome men on the Lido Deck. But, for first time cruisers with disabilities, those Julie McCoy fantasies may be replaced with nightmares of being stuck on the Titanic.
Straightening one’s hair when you have hand weakness and other disabilities is not only difficult, it’s downright dangerous! Believe me, I’ve probably bought every type of flat iron ever made and have the burn marks to prove it. Sure, wearing gloves can help, but not so much when you drop a 375° iron on your foot or accidentally brush it against your forehead
Foot drop is a condition that prevents you from being able to raise the front part of your foot due to a weakness or paralysis of the muscles that control your ability to lift the foot. It can significantly affect your ability to walk without tripping or falling and may drastically alter how well you can walk.
When I launched Trend-Able almost 3 years ago, adaptive fashion and products for people with disabilities were just starting to become a thing. Since most of the “adaptive products” on the market still seem to be geared for people recovering from surgeries and/or the home bound elderly (as opposed to stylish active people like us),…
I’m pretty sure fall gets the ”favorite season” award for people living with chronic conditions and disabilities. Personally, my body just works better with pumpkin spice lattes, crisp (not too hot & not too cold) air, and the return of all my favorite tv shows.
If you’re a makeup & skincare junkie, than you’ve probably heard of the brand Beautycounter. It seems like every Instagram Influencer (& their mothers) have been touting the awesomeness of Beauty Counter’s line of clean skincare & makeup products for years & I’m arriving late to a really fabulous party.
Before launching Trend-Able, only my immediate family (and a few men I dated postdivorce -TMI?) had actually seen me in my afos (ankle-foot orthosis). I mostly kept them hidden under my clothing, not so much out of shame (age & Xanax helped with that) but more because, here comes the cliché, they don’t define me.
LAINIE ISHBIA DISABILITY SPEAKER, BLOGGER & HAPPY LIFE CURATOR Lainie is a social worker, blogger, & highly regarded speaker with over 25 years of experience empowering adolescents & adults to embrace their imperfections, effectively communicate with others, and live confident & happy lives. Lainie was born with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, a rare and progressive neuromuscular disorder…