What is abasiophilia?

Updated June 8th 2013 (Ethics of disability image collecting added)


These pages are here to help people who are troubled by their psychosexual interest in leg-braces and similar orthopaedic appliances. I want to convince these people that they are far from alone and certainly not mad or bad. What is more, I can assure them there are thousands of similar people. This "interest" is harmless and hurts no-one, as long as people show respect and act with sensitivity, especially to disabled people.

If you don't agree with what appears here, then please contact me so that we can discuss your concerns. I am happy to reflect everyone's views (good or bad) on this site, if honestly and reasonably put.

Too many people go through life carrying burdens of guilt as a result of sexual or psychosexual problems that turn out not to be problems at all when looked at objectively. I hope these pages help you to better understand yourself or someone near to you.


is a psychosexual attraction to people with impaired mobility, especially those who use orthopaedic appliances such as leg-braces, spinal braces or wheelchairs. The term abasiophilia was first used by John Money of the Johns Hopkins University in a paper on paraphilias in 1990. It most often starts in early childhood, usually long before puberty is reached. There is normally a trigger event in early childhood involving disabled children or adults, but some evidence is building that a genetic predisposition  or brain abnormality must also exist in certain individuals for abasiophilia to occur. It is most common in those who were children in the 1940s, 50s and 60s when polio was common and there were more people using leg braces than today. Studies made in the last 10 years of people contributing to internet leg-brace devotee groups confirm the most common age of leg-brace devotees and wannabes is between 50 and 70; there are a few leg-brace devotees aged less than 40.  It is incorrectly classed as a form of disability fetishism, which it is not. More recently, some have suggested that abasiophilia is a form of Body Integrity Identity Disorder, usually associated with people wishing to electively become amputees. There is also some thought that abasiophilia is another form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a condition that can cause enormous distress to those affected.

The stimuli for abasiophilia are usually leg-braces, wheelchairs, crutches, spinal or neck braces and prosthetics worn by some people with mobility impairments.


These pages offer more information on the subject and should help:
  • Individuals affected;
  • Spouses and friends of people with abasiophilia;
  • People involved in counselling affected people;
  • Disabled people concerned about devotees and wannabes;
  • Medical professionals;
  • Researchers.
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