The mark 2 physiotherapy attachment to replace rubber straps

After I had the entire frame removed, it suddenly dawned on me that I didn't have anywhere to attach my spring driven doo-dah physio device any more. I still needed it as there was a long way to go. I also found that within a couple of days of not having the device attached, my ankle movements seemed to become less flexible.
So something had to be done.
The resulting device is shown below.

The MK2 spring driven thing

The actual function of the thing is exactly as per the original but there's a bit more construction (and possible begging and borrowing) involved.
The main structure is formed out of a heat moldable plastic called 2mm San-Splint Light (Polysplint A) in the UK. It's used for making splints (Get friendly with your local hospital plaster technician). This can be cut with scissors to something around calf length and is then heated with a hairdrier and moulded to be a comfortable fit to your leg.
Straps are then added by which the thing can be fastened round your leg. I used craft decorative rivets which are cheap and really easy to use. For closing the straps I used some slide-grips I had hand but anything, even Velcro will do. Tying knots though isn't really practical as they will pressinto the back of your leg too much and restrict blood flow as well as being painful.
The upper strap has a (key)ring fitted to which the springs will be attached when in use.The inside of the device is then padded with a soft material to make it comfortable to wear. [Because I'm stupid I managed to lose the sticker which was on the stuff I used, but it's time to get friendly at the hospital again as I used material specially designed for use with the San-Splint)
You need less than a foot square of both really unless you have incredibly long legs so a bit of grovelling and the odd beer should probably help the procuring of said stuff.
I definitely suggest forming the padding round the bottom of the splint material otherwise it becomes very uncomfortable and will cut into the upper of your foot. Not a good move!
Possibly shaping the lower edge around your foot may be a good idea but I didn't bother.
The final picture shows the device on my leg (Wear it over trousers/jogger-bottoms for comfort) and attached to the latest version of my built up shoe (see Clothing & footwear modifications)

The MK2 Spring driven thing with the latest built up shoe

STOP PRESS
June 2000

I have now found a link on another site leading back to this page where they have kindly given the Doo-Dah a far more medical name. It is apparently a

DORSIFELXION SPRING ASSIST ATTACHMENT

And I thought it was just a collection of old junk!


It should be pointed out that these are ideas that I have utilised for myself but with the knowledge and approval of my hospital consultant. If you have any doubts then please check with your medical professional first to ensure that he or she feels these methods may be of assistance to you.
Also, if you've come up with any inventions of your own, please let me know, with pictures if possible and I'll gladly put them up on the site for other's to try.


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