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 Brace and Accessories.