Lower Limb Orthotics – Functional Electrical Stimulation
Foot Drop or Dropped Foot is a condition caused by weakness or paralysis of the muscles involved in lifting the front part of the foot, which causes a person to drag the toe of the shoe on the ground or slap the foot on the floor. Many times the Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates’ clinical team helps patients who have this condition as a symptom of Multiple Sclerosis, a stroke, Cerebral Palsy, an incomplete spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury.
Traditionally, Foot Drop is treated with conventional bracing using an ankle foot orthosis (AFO). However, the more passive treatment offered by AFOs does not promote active use of neuromuscular systems and also limits ankle range of motion. Instead, the clinicians at POA often consider the use of functional electrical stimulation (FES) as a proven option that can restore typical nerve-to-muscle signals in the leg and foot, effectively lifting the foot at the appropriate time. By working with POA clinicians, patients suffering from Foot Drop can see dramatically improved movements that are smoother, more natural and create a safer stepping motion.