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    Mike Weins kindly gave me permission to share this hyperlink (from Foot Drop to www.bioness.com) with folks suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury. TBI can cause two very limiting conditions: Foot Drop and Hand Dysfunction. Bioness, Inc. offers advanced medical devices to help with these effects of partial paralysis. The award-winning NESS L300 Foot Drop System and NESS H200 Hand Rehabilitation System use gentle electrical stimulation to prompt foot lift and hand grasp and lift. Both non-invasive, FDA approved, therapist-endorsed products are demonstrated, and videos of patient success stories are shared on www.bioness.com.

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    I found another version of this that goes lower on the leg. Someone suggested it to me because my CP makes me drag my feet a little. The only reason I didn't get it is because it freaked me out that it wasn't water proof and you have to take it off if it rains.

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    My TBI was a childhood brain tumor that was resolved nearly 35 years ago, that has left me with some spasticity and left-sided hemiparesis affecting my arm and leg.
    My foot drop has evolved over the last 35 years. I've learned to accommodate it. However over the last 5 years, I've had a few falls and resolved to find a something therapeutic, not just orthotic.
    I considered the Bioness device, but settled on the Walkaide( www.walkaide.com).
    My progress after only 5 months has been very good.
    The cost is ~$5K vs. ~$8K for the Bioness.
    There is a recurring cost for electrodes(~$40 for a 4 pack - 2 pair)
    Also it was not covered under my insurance(only in cases of spinal injury).
    Working with Hanger was a positive experience. I was able to trial the device for 4 weeks for a nominal cost, before deciding to purchase. They also brought in a regional technician from Chicago to help tune the walk-stimulation cycle to fit my fast gait.
    I am really looking forward to 1 year progress.

    My only issues are with lower leg edema, and skin irritation under the device's buckle.

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    I also had good experiences with Hanger. The AFOs are very well made!
    Mild Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy and bad proprioception.
    My website for my original short films! http://cripvideoproductions.com/cripsnotcreeps.php

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