Many people turn to walking canes for positive reasons. They have seen their friends or family use them while walking. Whether you are consciously aware of it or not, you may realize that you now have a walking problem and you remember your uncle or friend using a cane in the past with some level of success.
The most common reasons why people use walking canes, in our experience, are one or more of the following reasons :
1.) Your balance is not always perfect when you walk.
2.) You may drag your foot (feet) when you walk. This is a condition called “drop foot”, typically.
3.) Your knees are weak in one form or another. This may cause falls if and when they give out.
We are not saying canes are totally bad. However, we have a better solution, that can get you off of your cane.
So, we just want to be real here and ask you, what if you could walk without a cane? – Seriously. Think about that possibility just for a minute.
Would this be of value to you, or to your loved one(s)?
What if you did not have to hold something in one of your hands, every time you wanted to go for a short (or long) walk?
We don’t want to sound like an infomercial here, but the possibility for change is there. Other options exist that are basically never seen by the naked eye. Your knowledge will be power for you in the coming moments…
So, you want answers. Ok, here they are…
Ankle Foot Orthoses. Otherwise known as AFOS can be a “game changer” for people with walking problems. This kind of ankle support can potentially take you off your cane. Have doubts? Well that is understandable, but we do invite you to check out our testimonials. http://rinella-op.com/our-testimonials/ Kathy, is a patient of ours that came in for free to tell us about her AFO. Let her tell you her story.
After you watch Kathy’s video, you will see that she gets her walk back with the use of this brace. It can take her off of her walking cane and a hands free scenario while walking is something we believe everyone wants.
AFOs can help you in the following basic ways :
1.) Keeping your foot up when you walk. Anti-drop foot treatment.
2.) Indirect support to the patient’s knees. This can help if you have knee issues such as buckling or hyperextension.
3.) Balance improvement. The AFO helps to hold your weight line in place so you do not fall over.
We will go into bracing more in future blogs. However, if you live in Chicago or its suburbs, and you have questions on AFOs give us a call. Our number is 815-717-8970. Otherwise you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org