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Fooling around with foot drop

May 1, 2018

If you follow my blog, you might already know I wear a Walkaide device on my right leg to help with foot drop. I started wearing the device about four years ago.

Foot drop — which in my case is caused by the muscle weakness due to multiple sclerosis — is the inability to lift the front part of the foot. It causes my toes to drag when I walk. If I am not careful, I can easily trip over my toes and face-plant. 

As I have said in previous posts, the Walkaide helps me walk better with less effort and a more natural gait. But when I wear it, I have to make sure it’s in the right spot on my leg, or it won’t work. (I have small tattoos on my leg to indicate where to put the device so that it works correctly.) I visit my orthotist at least once a year to fine-tune the Walkaide and make sure it is working well.

About a month ago, I was having a problem with my Walkaide, so my physical therapist and orthotist are working on the problem. Until the Walkaide is fixed, I am wearing a new device my therapist recommended.

IMG_5230 2The SaeboStep is a lightweight foot-drop brace that pulls the front of my foot upward. It works in the same way that a brace does but is smaller than a conventional brace. It doesn’t go inside my shoe, and it’s adjustable.

As you can see in the photo, it consists of an ankle strap secured with velcro and a cord that hooks to your shoe.

The SaeboStep costs less than a Walkaide and is easy to use. However, it keeps my ankle at a 90-degree angle all of the time, so I worry that wearing it for long periods might reduce my ankle’s range of motion.

You can find out more about it at https://saebo.com/shop/saebostep/.

In my opinion, the Walkaide is a better option for long-term use, but the SaeboStep comes in handy when I can’t wear the Walkaide.

 

 

 

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