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Old 01-09-2019, 02:52 PM
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A fellow ActiveMSer was recommended the Musmate by her neuro at Tisch MS Center in New York City. Does anyone use this and if so, how is it? Looks interesting....

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Old 01-11-2019, 06:50 PM
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Hi Dave,

Happy 2019 and nice to see your posts.

I have used the musmate extensively and posted about it here several times. It is great. It really picks up the foot and helps to swing the leg through normally thereby preventing circumduction. It is also inexpensive, refundable and great customer service.

Definitely worth trying with nothing to lose.

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Old 08-23-2019, 11:38 AM
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Another opinion from a fellow MSer. Clearly this product appears focused on foot drop, which TM found it helped a lot. The reviewer below has other issues, and did not find the same benefit.

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Well, I got it and my response is underwhelming. It's cumbersome to put on and use. It helps lift my right foot ever-so-slightly as I walk. I had high hopes that it'd make it easier for me to walk longer distances. But, as far as I can tell, it really doesn't. I still get muscle fatigue quickly, so I don't really see a point to it. I haven't used it much - less than 5 times probably. Maybe I should really give it a try...but I find I don't really structure my life in such a way that I ever need to walk far. Crutches, walkers, scooter, wheelchair work well for me. If the MuSmate enabled me to really walk again, then I'd be motivated to use it and go for a walk, etc. MuSmate was designed specifically for foot drop. While I have some right foot drop, my right hip flexors (and quads and hamstrings) are the bigger problem. I told all this to my neuro. He thought I should look at another product called Tripleflex. It attaches to the foot and knee and hip. (The MuSmate only attached to the foot, hip and shoulder) I had to be evaluated by a PT for it. So I just did that and wanted to evaluate it all before writing to you. Well, again, I had high hopes. Dashed. It didn't work any better for my issue and it costs $1,000 (!!). The PT even thought I walked better with the MuSmate which costs $100 and which you can order online and you don't need an evaluation by a PT, etc.

Long story short (I know "too late"), neither really seem to help. And really cumbersome to wear.
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