Musmate Walking Aid

Musmate Walking Aid


The Musmate Walking Aid for Foot Drop and Hip Flexion

People with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis or following a stroke, often find that walking becomes progressively more difficult as the disease progresses. What starts out as foot drop, when the foot flops down as you lift your leg, gradually develops into a whole-leg problem. Eventually you have problems with your ankle, knee, and hip and walking is very difficult.


Current products such as AFOs help with the ankle flopping, but when the weakness spreads up the leg, they offer only partial support. This is the time for you to consider the Musmate, which has been designed for such walking difficulties. It uses a shoulder harness and an elastic cord connected to the shoe. When walking, the thigh muscles push down on the elastic cord to stretch it and it in turn gently supports the raising of your foot and leg.
This lifting action also has the benefit of gently bending the knee - knee flexion to the professionals. This is because the lifting action is not in line with the leg and so creates pressure on the knee to move. A similar approach is often used by physiotherapists when teaching people how to walk again following a stroke or brain injury. They often use a bandage or similar to pull the leg up and thus cause the knee to bend.


Most importantly this lifting action takes some of the weight onto the shoulder which reduces the effort the hip needs to make to swing the leg forward- which is called hip flexion by specialists. The Musmate Walking Aid's ability to assist hip flexion is important in maintaining your ability to walk because without this swing forward, it can become very difficult for you to walk.  There are two additional adjustments to improve your mobility further. Firstly the amount of support the Musmate provides is adjustable. As you need more support, it can easily be increased. Secondly, the height to which your foot is lifted is also controlled. It is quick and easy to adjust the Musmate to lift your foot higher, which means you can cross rough ground or even go up stairs.


Since the foot has regained its normal action, walking is made easier. Secondly, there is less risk of trips or falls because the foot is not dragging. The result is that people walk more than they used to. This creates a positive circle whereby increasing mobility leads to greater fitness which in turn reduces the effort required to walk. People can work more, and improve their social lives.  


Results Summary
When the test started, the mean walking speed of the group was 0.98 mph, which rose to 1.43 mph when the Musmate was initially fitted. The T-Test result was 6.194 with a 2-tailed significance of 0.000 indicating that this difference is very significant. After one month, the walking speed without the Musmate had increased to an average (mean) 1.28 mph (T-test 3.371, significance 0.003) and with the Musmate to 1.63 mph (T-test 2.828, significance 0.013). Comparison of the initial walking speed without the Musmate and the final speed with it, yielded a difference of 0.65 mph (T-test 5.795, significance 0.000) . All these differences are statistically very significant. The mean test results for the work are shown in Figure 1.



1. Research Results
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) commonly have walking problems due to nerve damage affecting both muscles and balance. The lack of mobility not only impinges on their health, but is a serious social problem, since it can prevent them from working and leads to social isolation. In addition, further medical problems are related to the lack of exercise, particularly breathing problems, spasticity, and muscle-wasting. The problems are not only with the mechanics of walking, but also in the psychology, since one study found that even when medically classified as “independent walkers” some people become much more housebound due to loss of confidence in their mobility.


Objective
To assess the clinical effectiveness of the Musmate Walking Aid for Foot Drop by monitoring its effectiveness on a group of people with foot drop.


Introduction
A new product, the Musmate Walking Aid for Foot Drop, has been developed to improve the walking performance of people with foot drop. It consists of three components. The first is a shoe attachment (either a shoe harness for shoes or a shoelace connector for shoelaces or sandal straps), a shoulder harness, and an adjustable elasticated cord. This is fitted so that when the leg muscles are relaxed, the effort of lifting the leg is partly borne by the shoulder harness, by transmission through the elasticated cord assembly. There are different designs for those with problems with either or both legs.
An important additional feature is the Musmate’s adjustability. The strength of the lift can be adjusted easily to meet the needs of the wearer. Furthermore, the height of the lift of the foot can be independently increased to enable people to climb stairs, go uphill, or to cross rough terrain. The product is designed to be readily fitted by the wearer with no expert input.


Methods
Patient Selection
The sixteen people selected for the trial were all regular users of the local charitable multiple sclerosis therapy centre. They were all able to walk for eleven yards, using only walking sticks as aids if required.


Assessment
Current clinical assessment practice is to use the walking speed over an eleven yard (ten metre) course as a good clinical indicator of overall gait function. The people were asked to walk over a measured ten-metre course at their normal walking speed whilst they were timed. This was done twice, once whilst wearing the Musmate, and once without. The order of the two walks was randomised. This was repeated after one month to see what effect it had.


Results
When the test started, the mean walking speed of the group was 0.98 mph, which rose to 1.43 mph when the Musmate was initially fitted. The T-Test result was 6.194 with a 2-tailed significance of 0.000 indicating that this difference is very significant. After one month, the walking speed without the Musmate had increased to an average (mean) 1.28 mph (T-test 3.371, significance 0.003) and with the Musmate to 1.63 mph (T-test 2.828, significance 0.013). Comparison of the initial walking speed without the Musmate and the final speed with it, yielded a difference of 0.65 mph (T-test 5.795, significance 0.000) . All these differences are statistically very significant. The mean test results for the work are shown in Figure 1.


Musmate Walking Aid for Both Legs

Musmate Walking Aid for Both Legs

The Musmate Walking Aid for Foot Drop, Complete Sets for Both LegsThis set is for people who have pr..

£150.00 Ex Tax: £150.00

Musmate Walking Aid for the Left Leg

Musmate Walking Aid for the Left Leg

The Musmate Walking Aid for Foot Drop, Complete Sets for the Left LegThe complete set has contains t..

£85.00 Ex Tax: £85.00

Musmate Walking Aid for the Right Leg

Musmate Walking Aid for the Right Leg

The Musmate Walking Aid for Foot Drop, Complete Sets for the Right LegThe complete set has contains ..

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