Hi everyone. I’m sorry that I haven’t been making any posts lately. I have been really busy with making doctor appointments to see my neurologist, orthopedic surgeon, and orthotics specialist.
I went to go see an orthopedic surgeon on March 7th to see about getting an AFO for my right leg and a wrist splint for my right hand. He gave me a prescription for an AFO and a volar extension wrist splint. I got fitted for my new braces on March 24th. I was so excited. I haven’t had braces since I was 17 years old. That was six years ago. I am almost 23 years old. I am going to turn 23 years old on June 6th. I figured it was about that time that I get fitted for some new braces. My right hand is starting to get really tight. Most of the time, it is balled up into a fist and using my therapeutic balls are not helping much. So, I need something else to keep my hand open. As for my right leg, well, that is a whole different story. I have been noticing recently that my Achilles tendon is getting very tight. I am beginning to walk on the side of my foot and with a foot drop deformity. A foot drop deformity is something that is very common with people who have spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy like me. With these people, they tend to just stomp down on their foot instead of doing the heel- toe method like other people do. This is all due to spastic muscles.
I am happy to say that I picked up my new orthotics on Monday. I am sooo elated. I like my new braces. I have a hinged AFO. A hinged AFO is a special type of AFO where there is an opening in the back of the brace where the heel goes and it makes it easier for the person to walk more naturally. I never had a hinged AFO before. I only had fixed AFOs where the ankle is locked into the brace. I hated those types of AFOs. They felt so unnatural. It felt like I was walking like the tin man from the Wizard of Oz. No lie. It was horrible. So, this type of AFO will help me develop a better walking pattern. Yay!!!!
This is a picture that was taken of me with my new orthotics on.