Just call me an over achiever, but I have experimented with a variety of drop foot eliminators, including one of those wire-controlled devices to elimate my drop foot and I just could not get along with it. I think it is probably a wonderful tool for folks can afford it or that their insurance recognizes it as a viable treatment for MSers. Mine, unfortunately, does not; but, I could diverse very quickly onto the topic of what the "real" world views as important. We have all experienced this. Because we cannot understrand MS and because it cannot be categorized in black and white terms as far as definition, then there is no true documentation to make it a "real" disease and funding for this imaginary condition is not justified with the powers who hold the purse strings. Whoops! Showing my cynical persona. Sorry.
It's me. I'm back; Miss Positive.
This Flop Drop thingy sounds like an interesting and affordable idea. Sure, it's another money maker for some enthusiastic inventor, but some of man kinds best ideas have evolved from unexpected activities. (Who would have thought that flying a kite would start this whole electricity fad?)
After closely analyzing this Flop Drop device, I think I understand the physics of it. At first, I thought that I could probably rig a similar doohicky (West Virginia slang for thingy; thingamajig; whatchamacallit), but without the 'professional' assecorizing that I am certain this factory-made tool includes. As far as I can tell, the most important part of the Flop Drop is the tiny bungee cord that seems to control the entire process.
I am in no means financially equippeed to frivolously throw my money around, but for this price I think it may be worth trying. I know what I have to do to compensate for my drop foot and I have been consciously raising my right foot higher when I walk. It may take me longer to reach my destination, but at least I am trying to improve my gait. When I sit on the coach I remember to do some legs lifts to hopefully strengthen the unused muscles in my right thigh that I have allowed to take a permanent rest by letting my leg just drag along. I can feel the muscles reacting to this long forgotten exercise and I visulaize a more mobile me.
So, if this Flop Drop (How can you say that without giggling?) helps me move around better, I'll give it a try. I just chalk it up to another level in my guinea pig life of MS.