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Make your own gait trainer and save money

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Click the following link if you prefer to jump straight to part 2 to catch up with my latest ideas about how to build this thing:

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When I began taking a serious look at what type of gait trainer to get Georgi I was quite dismayed. The cost of these devices is quite prohibitive unless you can get some sort of assistance. The range of equipment available is quite wide too, so wide that it’s easy to get confused about which machine will do the best job.

This article is part 1 of a work in progress and will (hopefully) document my thinking and describe a gait trainer which can be made much more cheaply that you can buy a commercial model for. For anyone on a budget - and unless you are very lucky you probably are - then this article should provide you with sufficient information to help you to build one too. In my case I’m enlisting the help of someone with a good metalwork shop, but if you have a local wrought iron metalworker or blacksmith then this might be something they’d be able to tackle for you. They might even do it for a knock down price if you can get a piece written about it in your local newspaper - it’d be great publicity for them.

Almost without doubt in my own mind the very best machine is a heptic walker. I’ve read a paper from the year 2000 about one which was built in Germany, and this is something I’d love to emulate but time isn’t on my side and, probably, neither is my bank balance. Apart from Jorge’s Voelio which is something I’d love to try out - but I think he’s still seeking a manufacturing partner, and him being in Argentina doesn’t help matters - the only production machines available now are tremendously expensive, as in SIX figures expensive. The latest version they have in Berlin now is hooked up to a Virtual Reality simulation so the patient gets to go walking in a virtual world. Great, but this machine is so huge that I’d need a small warehouse to put it in.. even if I could afford such a thing.

Much more in line with my own meagre means are the LiteGait models but, again, saving up to buy one and then shipping it to Georgia is something that is a little way beyond my means at present. So I’ve decided to design one myself - maybe two, as I’ve started a design based on the LiteGait model but I’m also looking closely at what Unistrut can do for me.

This is what I’ve got so far, it’s the design for the base.

Georgi’s Gait Trainer - Base - End Elevation (Click to enlarge) 
Georgi’s Gait Trainer - Base - End Elevation (Click to enlarge)

Georgi's Gait Trainer - Base - Side Elevation (Click to enlarge) 
Georgi’s Gait Trainer - Base - Side Elevation (Click to enlarge)

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If you found anything on this site of use, interesting, or even mildly amusing then please consider dropping a few pennies in the jar to help us to take care of our disabled son who contracted encephalitis in 2007 at the age of 6 and who is now confined to a wheelchair. He is getting bigger as his mother and I get older, imagine that, please. Every penny we collect goes towards his upkeep, and towards his future care requirements.

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