To quit practicing the use of your rear leg kick is, in effect, throwing away a very effective weapon for no reason. Please rethink your decision.
If actual combat most relevant to you (and I sincerely hope you never seek or are forced to experience a serious fight - if you haven't already), it would be very, very rare for a front-leg kick to employed to any significant effect in a close-quarters combat situation, unless you are fighting against someone who is untrained and/or defensively weak and hesitant/unmotivated (in which case, you will often be able to avoid any brutal conflict). Exceptions might include the case in which you are quite talented, fast and possessed of excellent timing. A front-leg kick driving through an opponent's kneecap (frontally or laterally) is potentially effective, but requires significant forward commitment if it is to be delivered with any substantial body-weight momentum. Inaccuracy/inadequate impact is likely. A simple front push kick to the torso is also possible, hopefully giving you time to escape. A sharp snap to the testicles is feasible, but again, sufficient accuracy and contact is unreliable. High kicks using the front leg are are prone traps and can result in terrible take-down injury.
I would spend some time thinking about how skilled you are in avoiding/preventing those situations in which you are required to fight. Do you know anything about tactical communication? Are you able to diffuse volatile situations? Are you able to identify those situations which have potential to become unnecessarily violent? Are you experienced in dealing with the massive adrenaline dump that occurs when you are confronted with extreme danger? It is easy to romanticise the street fight, but the reality is that people sustain brain damage, fractures, loss of teeth, internal organ damage, bites/scratches (which may lead to transmission of infectious disease), and death. Even if you are the victor, how would you feel if, thanks to a freak of timing, you landed an effective punch which caused the other party to crack their head open on a gutter and sustain a permanent cognitive and/or physical disability?
If you are forced to live in an environment which is particularly dangerous, and you can't reasonably move to a new environment, then yes, learning close-quarters combat is probably important. Never imagine though, that it will go the way you expect, or that people will fight according to your expectations, ability or sense of fairness/etiquette. Cowardly use of potentially lethal weapons/techniques is relatively common.