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What is Dropped Foot and How is it Treated?

/What is Dropped Foot and How is it Treated?
What is Dropped Foot and How is it Treated?2019-05-22T18:23:52+00:00

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.

The Odstock Dropped Foot Stimulator (ODFS®) Pace

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OUR INTEGRATED PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES

We believe in helping our clients pursue optimal health and wellness through integrated health programs that include activity, education, and mindfulness. Propel Physiotherapy provides comprehensive client-centered care programs based on the most current, evidence-based techniques, and implemented in the most cost-effective manner possible. Once a program is tailored to your specific goals, treatment is delivered where it suits you best, whether that is in the home, at work, in your local pool or recreation centre, or in our specially-designed clinic spaces.

Let Us Bring Our Services To You

We recognize that not everyone is readily able to access one of our two physiotherapy clinics in Etobicoke and Pickering. For that reason, all of our services are mobile. Enjoy the benefits of our professional services in the comfort of your home, office or any suitable setting in your community.

After a full assessment of your needs and surroundings, one of our registered professionals will develop a program with your specific goals in mind to help you get to where you want in your physical health and wellness.

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TESTIMONIALS

“I had a traumatic brain injury and my progress has been outstanding thanks to the knowledge and encouragement of the staff in the clinic. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, you can really tell they take pride in their work. I would definitely recommend this location because they produce results!”

– Michael 

“Came to Propel after dealing with a mid back issue for months. From the facilities to treatment, the whole experience was top notch. Hoong’s assessment was thorough and the treatment got me feeling better quickly. He also gave me some exercises to work on which have continued to help. Would definitely recommend!”

– Carlos

“I was injured severely 4 years ago. I have needed an abundance of physiotherapy as well as massage therapy. This clinic has given me by far the greatest and most successful care and rehabilitation to get back to my life. The staff are extremely knowledgeable in their field and not only treat you as a client but as a friend or family member.”

– Vanessa