My name is Chris Johnson and I am the
creator of these drop foot braces and accessories and I am a user as well with
drop foot in both feet. I understand, at least in part, what you are going
through and have to live with. I have personally hand crafted and tested each
device and I truly hope that they will help you as much as they have helped
me. The braces have truly changed
my life forever! Braces are hand-made in SW Oregon, USA.
Around the turn of the century, while
planning our vacation to Hawaii, I was determined not to wear those miserably
hot and uncomfortable stiff plastic AFO orthotic braces on a beach. After
several years and many prototypes, I finally came up with something that
changed my life forever. The braces worked so well for me that I threw my plastic
AFO's away for good. In the early 1980's I broke my back in a fall and had a
spinal cord injury which left me partially paralyzed. Fortunately I can
still walk with the aid of a cane, walking sticks, or walker now that I'm
getting up in age. It all depends on the situation in which I'm
walking. I have 100% paralysis in
my left foot and about 75% in my right and the braces provide me with plenty of
support and keeps my toes up so that I do not trip over them, especially now
with the new shock cord model – more support and the same comfort.
Makana Mountain and Tunnels Beach on Kauai HI is what truly inspired me to
create the Freedom Walk AFO Drop Foot Brace and BareFoot Accessory.