Walking, running, and hiking are a way of life in western North Carolina. Our area is surrounded by thousands of miles of greenways and backcountry trails to explore. Downtown Asheville and surrounding neighborhoods are walkable, with plenty to see and do while you're on foot. However, if you have a condition such as foot drop, you may find this area is challenging.

Here is what you need to know about foot drop and how you can find help. 

To a parent, your child is perfect. Nothing can change that. You want everything in their life to be as easy to navigate as possible. We all want our children to have better, easier lives than we had. However, there are some things that are out of our control. One of those is whether or not a child will experience limb loss or limb difference at some point in their life. 

If you are the parent of a child who undergoes an amputation or was born with limb difference, we know you have a lot of questions. We will not necessarily be able to answer all of them, but here are a few of the ones we hear most frequently.

Asheville is one of the best places in which to live or visit in North Carolina. There is so much to do here it is almost impossible to get experience it all in the season. From hiking and mountain biking to whitewater rafting and fishing, the city is within just a short drive of almost any outdoor activity imaginable. While it gets pretty warm here, we do not experience the same extreme heat as places like Greenville and Charlotte. We also get a break from the sweltering, oppressive humidity associated with the South. When the mercury does climb to uncomfortable levels in the valleys, people in the area know they can go to some of the higher elevation areas or take a dip in one of the cold-water swimming holes. Our area has the highest concentrations of waterfalls, natural swimming areas east of the Mississippi River. 

During winter, the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina, turn dull shades of gray or brown. With the exception of the evergreens, it is the one time of year when the forests and ridges are not full of vibrant color. 

Of course, that does not make them any less majestic; however, residents of western North Carolina look forward to the return of the brilliant rainbow of colors we experience most of the year. April is a season of transition to bring back the beauty tourists and residents associate with our area. 

It is the time when every day brings new blooms and an ever-changing view from your porch or patio. It is the month you get to enjoy all that makes our area special, including:

  • Thousands of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. 
  • Camping in one of many state forests or campgrounds. 
  • Hanging a hammock by the French Broad River. 
  • Floating down one of the many creeks and streams crisscrossing our region. 
  • Driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway. 
  • Walking around downtown Asheville or one of the many mountain towns in our area. 
  • Eating at one of the many amazing restaurants. 

For people with limb loss or limb difference, any of these activities can be more challenging. In addition to being an amazing month of change and growth, April is Limb Loss Awareness Month. Here is what that means for the team at Orthopedic Appliance Company.