Do you drive while wearing your AFO?
I wear an AFO on my right foot/calf. I wear it pretty much all the time.
Someone mentioned that it is against the law to drive with any type if brace, walking boot, cast.... on your right leg. I was eavesdropping, so I didn't catch all the details - they were talking to someone wearing a walking boot.
Have I been breaking the law? It is challenging to drive at times; but, I am my only source of transportation. Should I be taking this thing on and off to drive?
I use cruise control when possible, live in a small urban area and generally don't go more than 5 miles from the house. Opinions or advice?
My PT encouraged me to use them for driving
Interesting! I was encouraged by my PT to wear my AFOs when driving. Mine are both hinged (as someone mentioned earlier), because I still have range of movement. I actually feel more confident wearing them when driving b/c I know that if my feet start to feel weak (foot drop), it won't interfere with my using the pedals. Plus, I like to use cruise control quite often.
Never even thought of anyone considering it to be dangerous. :confused: I would think that would only be if your AFO was not hinged.
Driving with AFO and not sure what to do
I have been driving with an AFO on my right foot for years without any problems. Recently had a bad exacerbation and now need a walker and was told I should not be driving. According to the DMV it is more of a legal liability than anything. Her recommendation was to come in to the DVM and retake my test with the AFO. If I pass the test I can have an endorsement on my licence saying it is safe. OR I can go through occupational therapy and have my driving tested. I just am not sure what to do. Any suggestions? Is driving with a left footed gas pedal hard to get used to?