I was provided a AFO brace today due to severe left foot drop. My question is will the VA provide shoe/clothing compensation due to me now having to wear the brace. I have to increase my shoe size by a 1/2 inch to acommodate the brace. I am presently 50% SC ( 20% gout, 20% lower back and 10% back/foot), I submitted a request for an increase due to pain and range of motion in November 07. The VA hasnot yet rated my request and I will be submitting the latest update (AFO BRACE). How does the VA rate having to wear a AFO? Will I receive compensation due to having to wear one? Will my rating increase because of this? Also since July 07, I have received four ESI due to pain and range of motion. Thanks for your continued support.