I picked up my custom made Richie Brace for my right ankle/foot today
. There was a student in with the orthotist who wanted to take some photos of me wearing the brace in before and after situations for a project she was doing as she nad the Orthotist said this is probably the only time she will see the Richie Brace as it is not commonly used. I had to sign a release for the photos to be taken. I can boast "Foot Model" on my C.V. now
Anyway, the brace is great. They got me to walk up and down with my old brace and my foot went right over to the outside, but as soon as I put the brace on, the foot couldn't go9 over to the side anymore. I think it will take a bit of getting used to, as they is a solid bar right on the bony bit on the inside of my foot, which hurts at the moment, but then it is like wearing a brace on your teeth - it hurts when you first wear it, but eventually you get used to it.
It is weird too, as the brace is hinged so i can move my foot up and down from the ankle, which i couldn't do in my last brace. Also, as it has a built in orthotic, but nothing over the actual foot to hold it in place, unless you wear shoes or slippers, it feels very strange. Again, I think this is jsut something I will need to get used to.
Adele - if you are reading this post - did you have these problems when you first started wearing it?
Anyway, thanks again Adele for bringing this brace to my attention
. My orthotist was very grateful too as she had not heard of it before and she thinks it is the perfect solution for my set of problems.
Best wishes to all,