New relief for Julie with CMT28 Jan 2021
30-year-old Julie Stone works her muscles hard and she helps others do the same through her virtual fitness classes. But a few years ago, Julie’s lower-limb muscles were weakening. She tripped and broke her foot twice. She had bad foot drops.
“Your foot kind of just flops as you’re walking and it just causes you to take really big, overexaggerated steps,” said Julie.
She was diagnosed with CMT, a hereditary neuromuscular disease. She went to doctor after doctor but couldn’t find a brace that fit to relieve her symptoms while continuing her active lifestyle.
Then Eric Weber from the Hanger Clinic suggested an AFO, or Ankle-Foot Orthosis.
"An AFO is trying to prevent a foot that is weak from dragging on the ground or tripping,” said Weber.