Asim has been a patient of Warren's
since 2005. He was new to Willmar and Warren was recommended to him by
therapist in the area. Asim was struck with polio at a very young
age. When he first came to see Warren he also had a fused ankle
following a fracture that
was causing swelling and
pain during movement . Warren casted
Asim's leg and used a mold created from the cast to fabricate an
AFO (Ankle, Foot Orthosis). It was attached to a brace Asim already
had. Warren also repaired other older HKAFO (Hip, Knee, Ankle,
Orthosis) braces that Asim had in his possession, but was unable
to wear because they had worn-out from use.
Asim stated "The prices are reasonable
and Warren has been very considerate and professional." Since
Warren has rebuilt the braces, Asim has had little to no problems.
If a new screw is needed or any other adjustment, Asim
is welcome to
stop in and have the repairs made.
Asim continues to be
a patient of Warren's and is very satisfied with the result.
He has gone out of his way to be helpful.
He seems like family to me now." said
Asim www.LakeviewInnMn.com .
Some Bracing Thoughts
I’m 61 yrs old and have CMT. I’m
on my third pair of braces. My daughter is 37 yrs old. She also
has CMT and is on
her second pair of braces. We have learned a lot from having these
braces and I am writing this in the hopes that our experiences
will help others.
Both my daughter and I have high arches and have
been lucky enough that our braces have not needed adjustments,
but as you’ll
see as our story of bracing unfolds things have not all been as
rosy as one would hope for when being braced.
My first pair of braces
seemed like a miracle. I had much better balance when wearing them
and could walk much faster. However,
I soon found out the faster I walked the faster I tired out. I
have been very lucky because I can endure wearing braces for many
hours at a time.
After four years or so I felt as if I was sometimes
carrying the braces around instead of them helping me to get around.
seemed heavier than before. Of course I was getting weaker. I saw
the man who had ordered the braces but he gave me very minimal
time and said they were fine. I decided to persist and so ended
up at a brace establishment closer to home. There I met Warren.
He listened to me for half an hour at least as I told him how the
braces were making me feel and what kind of life I still intended
to lead (not on the shelf). I also mentioned how I wished I could
wear a smaller shoe size. My foot is a size 6 and I was wearing
size 9 and 91/2 shoes. I am braced way under my toes.
When I went
back to get my new braces and tried them on it was so neat. They
were lighter and a bit thinner under the toes but
still supported me very well. I now can wear a size 81/2 shoe.
I no longer felt my braces were sapping my strength.
two years my falls have been coming more frequently. Thankfully
I’ve not broken any bones. But since my arms are
to the point I can no longer pick myself up it means when I fall
I have to call my husband home from work. His employer is very
understanding, but the falls are no fun for him or me. I have purchased
a transfer belt from the local nursing home which has been a huge
assist to both my husband and I when I fall. After my last fall
I realized my left foot was not picking up as good as it previously
So back to talk to Warren. He said, “I can help you with
that.” When I went back for the new brace and tried it out
I was overjoyed. Warren had added a strip of plastic 6x1inch right
above the heel to the back of the brace and cut them down by ½ inch
so the weight remained the same. He told me that as a person gets
weaker carbon can be added to the plastic to make the braces even
lighter. The left leg and foot felt so good I asked him to make
one for the right. I have not fallen since and now realize that
many or perhaps all of my falls could have been prevented if I
would have had these braces sooner.
On to my daughter experience.
She got her first pair of braces and I noticed they were thinner
like my second pair. Other than
that I didn’t really take note of them. They were her braces
and she was happy with what they did for her. She doesn’t
wear her braces as much as I do mine because she lives in a townhouse
and as you know, if you wear braces, it’s not easy to go
up and down stairs with them on.
After three years or so she began
having trouble with her feet. She doctored for this malady and
still is. She decided to try a
new brace person. She got blessed as I did when I met Warren. This
man said it was no wonder she was having foot problems. As I stated
before she has high arches. Her first braces had no arch in at
all! She now has a new pair of course and can really tell the difference.
could a thing like this happen? All we can figure is someone in
the process wasn’t paying attention to what he or she
was doing. How sad when a mistake like this affects someone’s
life as it has my daughters.
As I said I am writing this to help
others who have braces or will get them in the future. A point
I should make is that both
my daughter and I have custom made braces. This means they take
a cast of your leg and foot so the brace will be exactly what you
Should my daughter have realized her braces needed an arch
because she had one? Perhaps, but she went to a clinic attached
to a major
hospital, the one were she sees the neurologist who understands
CMT. She felt they were professionals and therefore knew what they
were doing. That is another reason I’ve written of our experiences.
Don’t be afraid to ask what may seem like a silly question
and tell the professionals you deal with exactly what you need.
If you don’t feel you are getting what you need from them
seek someone else and you will find your Warren.