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What are Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFOs)?
Often called an AFO, the term Ankle Foot Orthosis refers to a brace worn on the leg over the calf and foot. The brace supports the foot and ankle, holding the correct position and preventing foot drop. This type of brace is also sometimes called a foot drop brace.
Experiencing Foot Drop
Yesterday, I tripped over my own toes. This actually happens fairly often to me. One of the effects of Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT), the neuromuscular disease that I have been diagnosed with, is called foot drop.
The Upside of Down Times Book Review
Last week, I found something to be grateful for when a copy of The Upside of Down Times by Lisa Ryan arrived unexpectedly in the mail. Eagerly, I devoured this book in less than a day, and renewed my commitment to keeping a gratitude journal, and to showing my gratitude to others.
Pes Planus and Neuromuscular Disease
Pes planus (flat foot, fallen arch) refers to an abnormally flattened arch. When standing, the entire foot will touch the floor. Pes planus is sometimes observed in individuals with Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) and other neuromuscular diseases, but not as often as pes cavus (high arch) is observed.
Pes Cavus and Neuromuscular Disease
Pes cavus, also called high foot arch or high instep, refers to an abnormally high arch and shortening in the foot. Pes cavus, caused by muscle imbalance, often occurs in individuals with Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) and Friedrich’s Ataxia (FA), and less frequently in other neuromuscular diseases.
Pole Walking and Neuromuscular Disease
With the weather turning nicer, I get outside to walk more often. Walking for exercise has been recommended to me by my physician, and is often recommended to those with various types neuromuscular disease. About a year ago, I discovered the benefits of using walking poles while walking.
Neuromuscular Disease and Spiritual Journaling
Recently, most of my journaling has taken the form of spiritual journaling. I have found this type of journaling to be beneficial to my ability to cope and thrive despite neuromuscular disease. Along with emotional and psychological benefits, journaling also has important health benefits.
Andreas and His CMT Challenge
Although Andreas Johansson suffers from the progressive neuromuscular disease Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT), he has not let that stop him from pursuing his dreams. Coming to the United States from Sweden, he embarked upon a trek across the U.S. on an EliptiGO, a self-powered eliptical style scooter.
Discrimination and Neuromuscular Disease
The Americans with Disabilities Act protects Americans with disabilities, including those caused by neuromuscular disease, from discrimination. I now believe, however, that I should have asserted my right to reasonable accommodation on my behalf by my employer.
Coloring Pages Featuring Children with Disability
A variety of free downloadable coloring booklets, pages, and activities for young children can be found on the internet. This article lists some of the websites with coloring pages and booklets available that highlight children with disabilities including mobility issues.
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