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    New townsend AFO. Wee

    Even though the docs said no don't use an AFO i was like, f you, i'm doing it.

    So here's my new AFO, i've been using it for 4 months or so now with no issues at all. I actually feel like i'm more leg muscles are waking up because I got rid of the kafo.

    here's a pic, yes I did make love to it 30 mins before this post.

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    Do you have ankle movement? I wanted something similar but my orthotist said the metal would be harder on the skin. I couldnt imagine anything worse than the plastic I now have...

    I dont have any ankle movement so I am not a candidate for the joint assist afo.
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    I don't have any ankle movement. That sucker is locked up there but its like 80% better than a non-jointed afo. Those suck bad, i had one for awhile. The metal doesn't even touch my skin.

    What do you mean joint assist afo? If you look at the ankle I have it alittle higher than 90 degrees so it doesn't drag when I swing through.
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    That AFO looks awesome. How much was it, cory?
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    Well it started out as a kafo, which was around 2-3k? Then it sucked really bad, the ortho had no idea what he was doing, like 8 months later it was even worse than what it started.

    So i told him its not working and my old kafo works better. I then said just turn it into an afo. Which he did by taking a saw to it. He was a pro for sure. <-- sarcasim.

    I didn't pay for it, insurance covered it when I got on medicare.
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    Where u get the AFO at bro?
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    Bruce gave me the idea of getting a townsend, they make really nice braces (that is if you don't get an idiot for an ortho).

    Contact your doctor if your interested, and be like I need a new afo/kafo then he'll tell you where to find an ortho, then tell the ortho you want a TOWNSEND afo/kafo. Then from there he'll tell you the cons/pro of going with townsend.

    What I've found is they are good about their product, if it doesn't fit you can send it back. But the problem is, its carbonfiber, strong as shit but you can't just melt it down and adjust it. They have to totally refab the whole brace. Which is time consuming. So it has to be a perfect fit.

    Its also alittle heavier I think than a regular brace. I don't know about the afo's. but when this thing was a KAFO it was alot heavier than my old kafo. Because it had an advanced knee locking joint and the material it was made out of was alot stronger than regular plastic but it was also alittle heavier.

    But I love how they look. I wouldn't be suprised if women/small animals are attracted to this brace.
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    Do you have complete control of your knee or do you hyper-extend?
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    MrC, I have those same type of Nikes that are shown in the photo above. I can ambulate short distances with a cane only if I'm wearing a KAFO on my right leg. Balance was an issue for awhile until I purchased a pair of "New Balance 587" that have a very rigid bottom.

    Have you tried a more sturdy shoe than your Nikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_coffee
    [IMG] I wouldn't be suprised if women/small animals are attracted to this brace.
    Yessiree Bob, 3 Duck-billed platypii, 2 goats and a chimpanzee all came outta nowhere and started to hump my plasma while I was looking at it. I just threw my cat at them and they all ran back out the door with her hot on their tails.
    Watch what kinda pictures you post from now on mister

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