WHAT IS DROPPED FOOT?
Dropped foot or foot drop is an inability to lift the foot and toes when swinging the leg during walking, causing the toes to catch or the foot to drag on the ground. Dropped foot can be caused by weakness of the muscles that lift the foot and excessive tightness (spasticity) in the muscles of the calf after brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis or other neurological conditions.
HOW IS FOOT DROP TREATED?
Stimulation is given to the muscles at the front of the leg. A switch worn in the shoe triggers the stimulation and electrical signals reach the muscles through electrodes stuck to the skin on the side of the leg, just below the knee.
WHAT FES PRODUCTS DOES PROPEL USE?
At Propel Physiotherapy, we use the Odstock ODFS® Pace from Odstock Medical Ltd. which is distributed in Canada through FES Mobility. The ODFS® Pace is a versatile FES device that can be used for a variety of functional tasks (foot drop, gait training, strength training, sit to stand). For more information on the Odstock ODFS® Pace and Pace XL visit fesmobility.com.
We also have extensive experience and training using Bioness® systems including the L300 Foot Drop System and the The H200 Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System.