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    Does anyone use a strap in front of their legs?

    Just like the title says. My legs to have a mind of their own thanks to spasms. I've taken to putting a calf strap on the front of my frame, but the way the straps fit there's still some play that lets my feet pop off of my footplate. Does anyone have a solution?

    I have seen this product: http://tinyurl.com/AAASP-harness and I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with it.

    Many thanks!
    SD

    p.s.,
    Shout out to my fellow apparelyzed diaspora.

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    --J.P. Sartre

    #2
    When playing basketball we used calf straps around the tops of our feet, going around/under the footrest. Without also having a waist strap, however, spilling out of your chair with your feet strapped down could easily break your legs.
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      #3
      Yeah, I've thought about the tipping out problem. Then again, where's your sense of adventure?!!

      "Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you. . ."
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        #4
        I've already had enough ER adventures to last a couple lifetimes!
        "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

        "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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          #5
          Discussed here:
          http:///forum/showthread.php?250497-...ighlight=strap

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            #6
            This will probably be frowned on having read the other thread but depending on the design of your chair you could do what I did pictured here. A piece of pvc pipe cut to length, inch pipe I think, drilled a hole in each end to attach a bungee cord to hold in place and off my feet and pipe insulation for padding and this does a great job. I just kept a close watch on my legs at first to make sure sores did not develop. And yes as stated in both threads there are serious unintended results with doing this but have been using this daily basis since April 2016 and it has not been a problem. Almost tried to transfer out of my chair a couple of times before taking bar off but so far have remembered before actually transfering.
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              #7
              Velcro

              This can be an option https://www.lowes.com/pd/VELCRO-1-in...stener/1085819
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                #8
                Originally posted by russianboss View Post
                How much does that strap give? In other words how far forward would that strap allow either foot to move?

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                  #9
                  I used a lashing strap, two for about $6. I used one on my chair and one in my car. I don't need them any more but still keep one in the car just in case. I found the cause of my spasms. It took a while and it's much easier said than done. But it's worth looking into. For me it was my wheelchair (cushion & posture), UTIs, toe injury, and a malfunctioning baclofen pump.

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                    #10
                    I'd be careful about strapping or pinning legs to footrest, if you ever fell it could spell a serious break of the upper or lower leg. I would suggest coating the footrest with a rubber material so as to keep the feet from moving as much and allowing the legs to move out incase of a accidental fall.
                    "Life is about how you
                    respond to not only the
                    challenges you're dealt but
                    the challenges you seek...If
                    you have no goals, no
                    mountains to climb, your
                    soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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                      #11
                      I like the idea of a pad. But rubber may secure the legs in too well, which would add to the problem you mention about falling and breaking a leg. Maybe a soft foam that would give better. Personally, I found keeping the strap low and loose was good enough to let your legs slip out. But I have to add that it was not a good long term solution. I certainly didn't like doing it and am glad not to have to do it any more. I repeat, it's worth finding the cause. How can you be sure that your spasms are only because of your spinal cord? That's what I thought for years. I was wrong.

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                        #12
                        I wear black steel toe Doc Martin shoes. They have a little lip at the bottom like you see on workboots. When I would go wheeling on the bumpy walking trails I would strap them down to the footplate with a bungee cord. The cord would fit over the lip (not the toes) and the hook to the tubing of the foot plate underneath my shoes. The cord kept my feet in nice and tight but if I fell out of my chair, there was still enough elasticity in the cord to allow my feet to pop free easy enough so as to prevent injury.

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                          #13
                          I jus let my leg kick out. I let anyone near know that I am spazzy, and not to stand on front of me. Trying to pin my legs in would cause me serious harm, I think.

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                            #14
                            It is elastic (not super elastic but it does stretch a little), so you can stretch it to the max or to what ever point works for you. Always can visit local Lowes and try it for your self.
                            c6/7 incomplete 6/30/07

                            whats that smell? its me, cause im the shit.


                            если я сейчас умру то нахуй я родился

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by djrolling View Post
                              How much does that strap give? In other words how far forward would that strap allow either foot to move?
                              It is elastic (not super elastic but it does stretch a little), so you can stretch it to the max or to what ever point works for you. Always can visit local Lowes and try it for your self.
                              c6/7 incomplete 6/30/07

                              whats that smell? its me, cause im the shit.


                              если я сейчас умру то нахуй я родился

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