Michael was leading a very active life with his wife in north Texas, when he began to notice problems with his feet and legs. He decided to pursue bilateral custom carbon composite AFOs in an effort to return to his activities and independence. He is also happy to return to fishing and shooting, activities he is now able to do with his AFOs.

At the age of 58, Michael was leading a very active life with his wife in north Texas, when he began to notice problems with his feet and legs. Over the next couple of years, his symptoms progressed until he was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy and drop foot. He had difficulty with his stability when walking and began to rely on assistive devices or holding onto the wall to steady himself to avoid falling. This instability caused him to limit his activities and walking. After many consultations with multiple specialists without any noticeable improvements, he became very discouraged with his progressive condition. Michael began to accept the fact that wheelchair dependency was in his future. He even reached out to a friend to inquire about elective bilateral amputation to increase functionality. However, his friend encouraged him to pursue orthotic intervention at Baker O&P instead.

He decided to pursue bilateral custom carbon composite AFOs (Ankle Foot Orthoses) to help address his weaknesses and instability in an effort to return to his activities and independence. With his AFOs and the support of his family, physical therapist, and orthotist, he was able to get his confidence back and improve his stability in walking. He now walks frequently with his wife and no longer finds himself reaching for a wall to regain his balance as he did before. He is able to participate in social outings with his church group, family and friends without first considering how the environment may effect his balance and walking. He has just retired and looks forward to spending time with his family in Texas, Los Angeles, and Alaska. He is excited to visit with his two grandkids in Alaska without fear of stumbling or falling. He is also happy to return to fishing and shooting, activities he is now able to do with his AFOs. He believes his success is partly due to the significant collaborative efforts of his medical team, including his therapist and orthotist, but all that know him, understand that his determination, positive attitude, and hard work are attributed to his great success and his functional return. 

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