I have been in a wheelchair for all my life because of spina bifida. When I was a child, my legs(and especially my feet) were badly deformed. I have had surgery on both my feet to correct their position and I have been wearing KAFO's till I was around sixteen years old. Both my legs are in much better shape now! I currently only use much smaller AFO's.
I'm pretty annoyed about my ankle braces though. I'm the only one in my wheelchair basketball team that's using leg braces and they are extremely obvious when I'm wearing my team shorts. Finding pants that disguise the shape of my braces is very difficult and finding nice shoes that fit my ankle braces is almost impossible. Because of this, and considering my age, I'm considering to stop using my AFO's. I permanently use a wheelchair so this shouldn't make a difference.
I still visit my orthopedist twice a year and, off course, I also discussed this with him. My orthopedist adviced me to continue wearing my ankle braces though because there might be a chance that my feet could grow inward again.
Does anyone have any experience with this issue?