Foot and Ankle

Leg Callipers

Orthotics, not to be confused with prosthetics, which deals with the manufacture of missing or defective limbs, is the field of medicine concerned with the creation of custom-made external supports such as braces and splints. These external supports, otherwise known as orthoses, help to improve overall life quality through supporting, preventing and correcting issues within the neuromuscular and skeletal system.

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Functional Electrical StimulationFoot drop can make walking and other everyday activities very difficult, compromising your independence and your way of life. But with the right treatment, you can get your mobility back and potentially regain voluntary control over the affected foot or feet. The question is, which would be the best treatment for you: FES (functional electrical stimulation) or an AFO (ankle-foot orthosis)? (more…)

Choosing Between Functional Electrical Stimulation and Ankle-Foot Orthosis

Foot drop tends to be a symptom of another condition rather than a disease in its own right. It most commonly occurs as a result of nerve damage either in the central nervous system which is the brain and spinal cord, or in the peripheral nervous system which are the nerves from the spinal cord to the muscles. The root cause therefore needs to be investigated and a treatment for foot drop administered to help you regain control and mobility. The question is, what is the best treatment for foot drop? This post investigates the applications and benefits of the two most common treatments to help you make the right decision. (more…)