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.
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.
A Foot-Challenged Girl’s Attempt To Find Mr. Right Pair Shoe shopping sucks in general. It’s a ton of work and rarely satisfying. My girlfriends (the ones with perfect arches and no cankles) appear to love shoe shopping as much (or maybe even more) than sex. Some women get a visible flushed face high from finding the perfect…
All AFO/orthotic wearers know how difficult it can be to find functional shoes for AFOs, and if you want style, then it can seem almost impossible. I can’t tell you how many hours I have spent trying to find shoes that fit my AFO’s that actually look stylish.
Does anyone else wish we could press fast forward on Summer 2020?
With camps & pools closed & all summer activities canceled due to Coronavirus, our only real respite from the claustrophobia of quarantining for months indoors is time spent “socially distanced” in the great outdoors. So of course, it’s literally the most uncomfortable summer ever here in Michigan with weeks on end of 90+ degree temps & high humidity. Ugh! Can’t we catch a break?
Shoe shopping has always been difficult for me. I was born with classical Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and, along with faulty connective tissue and loose joints, I was born with flat feet. I have weak ankles, huge bunions on both big toes, crooked and curled smaller toes, stretched Achilles tendons, and a variety of other issues that make finding a comfortable, supportive, stylish pair of shoes about as easy as finding a double-rainbow.
My name is Cori Fischer. I am 20 years old and have a movement disorder that requires me to wear an AFO brace on each leg. Summer can be a tough season, especially with clothes. I know how hard it can be if you don’t want your braces, or scars, to show all of the time, but most summer clothes require you to do so. I have had six leg surgeries & as a result, have many scars on my legs which can sometimes be nice to cover up on occasion.
I’ve scoured the internet and poured through hundreds of reviews to find the most comfortable and trendiest sandals of the season that work for AFO and orthotic wearers. I had to pick 16 (no easy feat) because, even though Molly Ringwald has absolutely nothing to do with comfort sandals, I like the sound of 16 Sandals/Candles and had to use it for the title of this post.
As the Coronavirus continues to spread & most of us are stuck home doing our part by social distancing and trying our best to stay positive and sane, you may, like me, be feeling powerless and wishing you could do more to help.
If there’s anything I’ve learned from having a progressive chronic condition and disabilities, it’s that focusing on the things we can’t control is pointless and downright depressing. We will get through this together by staying positive and focusing on the things we can do right now for ourselves and each other.
I started performing standup comedy when I was 14. I was a huge fan of Gilda Radner, but when I saw Joan Rivers doing a set on the show Solid Gold, I knew I had found an outlet for my humor. I also knew that I would be considered too young to be taken seriously as a comic. In the mid-80’s young comics, let alone female comics, were a rare breed.
If you wear afos (or orthotics) like I do, then you know how hard it can be to find shoes in general, let alone ones that are actually stylish. Believe me, I get it.