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lissaucad
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Fentek Footime Foot Controlled Mouse

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04-08-2010 03:20 PM
Due to bad wrist pain that I have been having, I'm considering getting a Fentek Footime Foot Controlled Mouse. Has anyone used this type of mouse to do AutoCAD?
Checkout link
http://www.fentek-ind.com/nh-mouse.htm#mfmusb
*Bill Gilliss
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Re: Fentek Footime Foot Controlled Mouse

04-08-2010 03:29 PM in reply to: lissaucad
On 4/8/2010 6:20 PM, lissaucad wrote:
> Due to bad wrist pain that I have been having, I'm considering getting a Fentek Footime Foot Controlled Mouse. Has anyone used this type of mouse to do AutoCAD?
> Checkout link
> http://www.fentek-ind.com/nh-mouse.htm#mfmusb
>

Looks great! But what happens when your *ankles* start to hurt?
*Tony Tanzillo
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Re: Fentek Footime Foot Controlled Mouse

04-08-2010 07:18 PM in reply to: lissaucad
Do you use a chair with arm rests?

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Due to bad wrist pain that I have been having, I'm considering getting a Fentek
Footime Foot Controlled Mouse. Has anyone used this type of mouse to do
AutoCAD?
Checkout link
http://www.fentek-ind.com/nh-mouse.htm#mfmusb
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Tudor_Timotin
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Registered: ‎08-30-2005
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Re: Fentek Footime Foot Controlled Mouse

04-09-2010 01:39 AM in reply to: lissaucad
Hi,

Unfortunately I know how it feels, I've been in the same situation - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, RTI, etc for years now and tried a lot of things to reduce the pain - first it's in the wrist, but then it moves onwards to the fingers and every click becomes a real pain.
I was thinking to get one of those myself, but first a tried with a left click "pedal" I build myself from an industrial pedal and a broken mouse, and unfortunately the coordination is tough, almost impossible. Nevertheless during the last years I had numerous experiences with various devices meant to help in these cases; I have part of my story, it's written in English so that hopefully it could help others -
http://neatza.com/wordpress/2009/03/25/fighting-the-carpal-tunnel-syndrome/ . Since I've written the article (didn't get a chance to write the follow-up yet), I've also tried the following:
- this glove http://thermoskin.com/wristForearmSplint_end.html (it helped a lot with the wrist, no more pain, but the pain in my index finger was unbearable,
- the Genius Traveler 525 mouse - http://reviews.cnet.com/mice/genius-traveler-525-laser/1707-3148_7-32817807.html - which helped a lot as well because instead of the scroll wheel, it has a "touch wheel" so that you have less strain from zooming in Autocad and an extra button on which I mapped the double click so I reduced my left-click by half
- and finally got an Intuos Wacom tablet (the smallest and cheapest one) which I've been using for the last month or so, without touching the mouse at all since. It takes a little bit of time to get accustomed to but in the end it worked wonderfully. It has several buttons you can map with commands and and on-screen menu that you can pop-up and customize with frequently used Acad commands, if you wish

and of course, no arm-rest on my chair :smileyhappy:

Hope it helps,

Good luck,

Tudor
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lissaucad
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Re: Fentek Footime Foot Controlled Mouse

04-09-2010 12:03 PM in reply to: lissaucad
Thanks for your reples. A little more background for the folks replying to this site. The following sites are to the 3 mice I have been working with since my wrist pain started 11 months ago:
http://ca.kensington.com/html/8966.html
http://www.cirque.com/desktoptouchpad/productsandorders.aspx
http://www.3dconnexion.com/products/spacenavigator.html
I'm currently using the glidepoint touch pad mouse combined with the 3dconnexion space navigator mouse. The touch pad is mounted on a 45 degree block of wood. I made a threaded pedestal (jack stand) so I can adjust the small platform for both the navigator and touchpad mouse. I have learned to use either hand for the mouses when one wrist hurts to much. I also have a ergo chair with arm rests that come in and out and up and down. For the past 6 months I have not used arm rests at all and try to keep my arms at 90 degrees and close to my sides. Over the past 11 months I have seen 9 doctors to include 1 hand surgeon, 2 rhuematologist, 2 orthos, 1 neurosurgeon. I have also had MRI's on both wrists and neck. Soon to have more MRI's of the wrists. To date I have not had any diagnosis for carpal tunnel or arthritis. For 4 months they were thinking that I had a bilateral nerve impingement in my neck causing wrist pain. That was ruled out by the neurosurgeon. No one knows what my wrist pain is coming from.
I was thinking of using the foot pedal thing as a last resort. I love my job, and would like to keep doing it.
Thanks for all your input.
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