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TripleFlex – An Innovative Device for MS Hip, Knee & Foot Drop: VIDEO




























Today was an interesting day…
I ran into a person with MS who I met last year at a local multiple sclerosis event.

She’d experienced numerous ambulation (walking) issues including foot drop, balance related problems due to her walking gait.  When I first saw her I was like, “I know her!” but it did not quite connect in my brain.  Then I remembered, she’d come to a local function and she arrived in a wheelchair.  Then she walked to her seat and one could not help but notice her impairment in ambulating.  After the event, we spoke for a little bit.  She’d tried various orthotics for the foot drop and numerous different types of bands and mechanisms to correct her gait.  She even had tried Ampyra which is a medication prescribed for MS patients to try and improve ambulation.  Needless to say, she’d had little success.


Now, here she is… Walking.  Sure, I could still see she was having problems but the improvement was quite visible.

When she saw me she came up and hugged me and said, “Thank you so much for help in telling me to explore more options and thank you for MS Unites!”


Frankly, I did not recall telling her to explore more options but it sounds like me.


Fast forwards, backward…  She told me that she was told about this device called “TripleFlex” by a company called Axio Bionics.  She continued saying between using a Total Gym (which I recommend to anyone able to use one who lives with MS as it can be a real game changer), walking and the TripleFlex that her life has been changed.  No longer is she afraid to go out to stores, no longer does she feel all eyes upon her, no longer does she experience the very real depression involved in such a visible MS symptom.


“It’s been amazing!” she said.  “It’s not just about walking either.  I can now do things like exercise which was so hard before.  It’s almost like I’ve been given a new lease on life!”


She was so excited she wanted to show me it and off we sped to a bathroom.  I have to admit, that was unusual LOL.


She displayed to me how it functions and even said, “Not only has it helped so much with my foot drop but it appears as though my foot drop is actually starting to go away!”


After seeing this device function and her quite remarkable results TripleFlex is a device that MS patients should definitely consider taking a look into.


From the company website:


TripleFlex is an innovative device that corrects hip, knee, and foot drop while putting energy into the patient’s step.

Foot drop is a common problem in patients with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, brain injury, and stroke. Foot drop is a condition in which the muscles of the foot allow the foot to drop down when walking. Patients with foot drop are at risk of tripping and falling.

Neurological conditions can also weaken the hip and knee flexors – it’s called hip and knee drop, or leg-lift deficiency. When all three joints lack proper control, walking becomes extremely difficult and taxing.


Traditional foot drop correction involves bracing the ankle and foot, limiting motion and forcing patients to wear shoes. TripleFlex may allow some patients to walk without shoes or orthosis.


TripleFlex may be useful in patients with leg paralysis resulting from:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Flaccid Paralysis
  • TripleFlex can be adjusted to correct inversion of the foot by increasing tension in the lateral foot strap.

Story Source: The above story is based on materials provided by MSUNITES
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