My MS has progressed slowly over the years since I was diagnosed. For several years, I've had foot drop, which is common for people with MS. With foot drop, signals from my brain that tell my toes to lift are blocked, causing my right foot to drag when I walk. This makes it harder for me to manage stairs and other uneven surfaces, and can make me trip and fall. It also means I have to put more effort into walking, so I tire more easily, making me more vulnerable to tripping and falling. As a result, I have difficulty doing family trips, hiking, or long walks.
To help with foot drop, I hope to purchase a device called Bioness L300 Go. The L300 Go sends a low-intensity electrical pulse down a nerve that runs from my knee to my ankle each time I raise my right leg to walk. That pulse forces my foot to flex upward, so my toes don’t drag.
I tested a Bioness L300 Go for 3 months in physical therapy, and it really worked well for me. Specifically, it helped by:
* Lifting up the front of my foot, preventing me from dragging it.
* Straightening my foot, keeping me from twisting my ankle.
My insurance has been great, but they will not cover this device. Can you help? Please contribute what you can to keep me walking!
The money raised here will go towards two purposes:
1. Purchasing the L300 Go, which costs $6000.00.
2. Paying for physical therapy to configure and set up the device to work with my muscles.
3. Paying for supplies required to keep the Bioness working.
Thanks for helping to keep me walking!
If you want to know more about the Bioness L300 Go, here are some links:
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