My name is Thea Currier, and I’ll be 60 years old this year. I have been active all my life with ice skating, lifting weights, hiking, going for long walks, and I’ve run two marathons.
I am currently being treated for my 4th type of cancer (leukemia) and have continued my active lifestyle. I was diagnosed with leukemia four years ago. Around that same time, I started tripping over my right foot. Over several months, my walking became worse. Almost every time I got on the treadmill for a run, I would trip; I’ve had an MRI and several other neurological tests – all of which I’ve passed with flying colors. The chemo that I’m taking is not known to cause any neurological effects, so no one seems to know what is causing my foot drop. I became down in the dumps when I thought I wouldn’t be able to walk/hike/run anymore.
After several months of physical therapy, my Physical Therapist recommended seeing an orthotist. I tried several leg braces, and we decided on the Allard ToeOFF® Short. I have been using my Allard brace for almost a year, and it has helped me so much! I can do all the activities I enjoy without worrying that I am going to trip and fall. I felt like I was losing part of myself before my brace, and now I have it back again!