Orthotic Solutions

Orthotic Solutions

Funcitonal Electrical Stimulation (FES)

Foot drop is a condition caused by weakness or paralysis of the muscles involved in the operation of lifting the front part of the foot. This is a particular issue when we walk, as this can lead to excessive tripping or falling, or pain caused as a result of the sufferer deliberately altering their gait pattern to avoid this – known commonly as high-stepping. Foot drop itself is not a disease, but more of a manifestation of an underlying problem. One common cause of foot drop, is an interruption of the signals from the brain to the peroneal nerve, and this is not unusual in people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), spinal injuries or those who have suffered a stroke.

There are several ways that this can be managed, but one way is with a merging of orthotic technology with electrical stimulation. This doesn’t simply brace the limb to improve mobility, but instead using Myo-orthotic technology, restores the functionality of the impaired limb by recreating a natural nerve and muscle response producing only a slight tingling. The WalkAide FES system is worn on the skin, removing the need for implant surgery. A cuff holds the system comfortably in place, and it can be worn discreetly under most clothing. There are no wires, no need for special shoes or footwear and can even be worn barefoot.

There is also a paediatric WalkAide made especially for children, and whilst this has all the benefits and functionality noted previously, the cuff will promote natural bone growth. On the paediatric system, the cuff can be customised to be far more child friendly in appearance.

A qualified and experienced orthotist will assess your need and suitability for an FES system, and this will be set up specifically to your requirements and prescription, fitted and reviewed by the same clinician.

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