I used to know a young woman who suffered from severely disabling rheumatoid arthritis. She wore shiny black plastic braces on her legs, that she told me she hated at first, but came to feel were actually kinda sexy. I asked her if she was familiar with Helmut Newton (she wasn’t) and told her about the series of photos he’d done of nude models wearing neckbraces, backbraces, plasters and bandages. I’m still looking for a book of these photos.
Link (a favorite Helmut Newton)