Walking Boots For People With Footdrop ??'s

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Walking Boots For People With Footdrop ??'s

Postby harry1 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:31 am

I'm curious if anyone on here with weak ankles along with foot drop wears some type of walking boots to help support your ankles and keep the feet from dropping as similar to how an AFO would work when out and about. I hate my AFO's and also they don't support the ankles from the sides as they only help for foot drop. I currently wear tennis shoes.

Any experience good and/or bad and brand name and price info etc. would be very appreciative :smile: .
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Re: Walking Boots For People With Footdrop ??'s

Postby Bear2 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:33 am

Try one of these: http://www.x-strap.com/.

I have one of these on the 3 shoes that I wear. They are not fantastic but they do help support my ankle also. They are cheap compared to any other medical equipment. And if I didn't like it, I would only be out $35-40 US. But, instead I bought 3 of them.

My AFO cost about $900 and sits in the closet.
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Re: Walking Boots For People With Footdrop ??'s

Postby euphoniaa » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:59 am

harry1 wrote:I'm curious if anyone on here with weak ankles along with foot drop wears some type of walking boots to help support your ankles and keep the feet from dropping as similar to how an AFO would work when out and about. I hate my AFO's and also they don't support the ankles from the sides as they only help for foot drop. I currently wear tennis shoes.

Any experience good and/or bad and brand name and price info etc. would be very appreciative :smile: .


Here are a few hints from me:

1. Check out this thread where I listed a bunch of foot drop exercises in the exercise forum.
exercise-and-physical-therapy-f21/topic16860.html

2. Also, here's another elastic dorsiflexion aid that has been used and recommended by lots of PwMS - the Foot Flexr, used by runners.

Here are links to pics and an explanation, although it's sold at many other sites. I tried one, but it needs to stay on one shoe, and I change shoes for work every day. I actually made some smaller, less noticeable elastic straps of my own and attached them to each shoe for awhile.

They're perfect for athletic shoes, but I just couldn't figure out how to get them on all my fancy dress shoes. :smile: Bought a cane instead. The thick band might even support your ankle.

http://www.speed-fitness.com/footflex.html

http://www.speed-fitness.com/ffsecret.htm
Why use FOOT FLEXR?
FOOT FLEXR is a training tool that helps to teach dorsi-flexion of the foot. By attaching the Velcro cuff around your ankle and the elastic strap to the front of your shoe (using a cable tie through the last set of shoe lace holes) you can tighten the elastic strap to help teach you to dorsi-flex the foot. We made the strap elastic to allow you to extend the foot through normal sprinting motions. You can also adjust the level of resistance on the foot by tightening or loosening the elastic strap. As with all equipment, always start easy and add resistance as you become used to the new position.


3. As a female who dearly loves shoes, I've made it my mission to seek out and purchase the most footdrop-friendly shoes I can, while also indulging in my passion for shoes that are cute/stylish/interesting/affordable/comfortable. I've found quite a few styles that are a good deterrent to tripping - with toes that curl up slightly, soft enough to give a bit of spring, etc. Many athletic shoes are like that, but not all.

Good luck in finding the perfect solution. Hope more people stop in with hints.
Dx'd with MS & HNPP (hereditary peripheral neuropathy) 7/03 but must have had MS for 30 yrs before that. I've never taken meds for MS except 1 yr experiment on LDN. (I found diet, exercise, sleep, humor, music help me the most.)
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Re: Walking Boots For People With Footdrop ??'s

Postby harry1 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:35 pm

Bear2 wrote:Try one of these: http://www.x-strap.com/.

I have one of these on the 3 shoes that I wear. They are not fantastic but they do help support my ankle also. They are cheap compared to any other medical equipment. And if I didn't like it, I would only be out $35-40 US. But, instead I bought 3 of them.

My AFO cost about $900 and sits in the closet.

Bear, sorry to hear about your AFO's costing 900 dollars. I checked out your link and i appreciate it however the strap doesn't loo like it would support my ankles as they've been 100% paralysed since 2000 as i tend to fall over frontwards/backwards etc. very easy.
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Re: Walking Boots For People With Footdrop ??'s

Postby harry1 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:39 pm

Euphoniaa

I appreciate the link about the ankle exercises however as i've stated before that my ankles are paralysed as i can't move them at all from my autoimmune demyelinating disease similar to MS called CIDP.

Anyway thank you !!
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