Foot Drop Treatment
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)
We offer all types of foot drop treatment and need to describe the reasons for the decision to use a splint or functional electrical stimulation (FES).
The nerves from the brain to the limb can be divided into two groups, upper motor neurone which includes the nerves of the brain and spinal cord, and lower motor neurone which describes the nerves from the spinal cord to the limb and the reflex nerve which goes from the limb back to the spinal cord.
- If the controlling nerves from the brain or the spinal cord are damaged and the lower motor neurone nerves are intact, then either a splint or FES will work for these patients. Typically, the types of assault on the nervous system which attack the upper motor neurones are: Cerebral Palsy (CP); Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury; Stroke (CVA); Multiple Sclerosis (MS); Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP); Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
- If the lower motor neurones are damaged, these are the nerves from the muscle to the spinal cord and the reflex nerves from the spinal cord to the muscle, then only a splint will work for these people as an electrical current from an FES unit will not get to the spinal cord to give a reflex stimulation.
Our Orthotists are specialists in foot drop treatment and management. The condition, which causes reduced mobility, can be a result of a traumatic local or central nervous system injury, a degenerative disease such as multiple sclerosis or central nervous system assault, such as a stroke or cerebral vascular accident (CVA).
These and other similar neuromuscular diseases can result in massive reductions in mobility, which can happen suddenly or become apparent over time. One of the most disabling components of reduction in mobility is a foot drop. This may be flaccid (floppy) or spastic (tight) and can occur on one or both sides.
Technology in Motion’s clinics offer all types of drop foot treatment splints to relieve these problems, enabling our clients to regain some of their lost independence.
We also work closely with one of the leading groups offering Functional Electronic Stimulation (FES), which, depending on the nature of the original reason for the foot drop, can stimulate your muscles into action.
Functional Electrical Stimulation for Foot Drop
As part of our commitment to providing advanced treatments, Technology in Motion offers full service Functional Electronic Stimulation for Foot Drop (FES) treatment to both adult and child patients who have foot drop due to one of the following reasons:
· Cerebral Palsy (CP)
· Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
· Stroke (CVA)
· Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
· Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP)
· Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The Adult and Paediatric WalkAide (WA) Systems are advanced FES systems for the treatment of Foot Drop caused by upper motor neuron injury. The aide itself is a lightweight single-unit no wires system, which is worn below the knee and is fully operable with one hand.
Utilising a patented tilt sensor technology, the device stimulates the nerve to lift the foot at the right time during walking, promoting a more natural, efficient and safe walking pattern. As a result, users will have the freedom to walk with or without footwear, up and down stairs and even provides the ability to sidestep.
The aide offers an alternative to traditional bracing and engages existing nerve pathways and muscles. The active stimulation of muscles results in the reduction of muscle wasting and walking fatigue – a common side effect of bracing.
Using this system technology in conjunction with physiotherapy and ongoing management, we provide a full service package to ensure that our patients continue to benefit from the services that we provide.
Battery-operated, the single channel electrical stimulator can enhance functional walking mobility and is designed for patients diagnosed with drop foot secondary, an upper motor neuron injury (brain or incomplete spinal cord), or disease process.
The WA system accommodates variations in patients walking as the internal inclinometer and accelerometer (tilt sensor) detects duration and timing of the leg in the gait cycle, promoting a safe and symmetrical gait pattern. WalkAnalyst software is then used to program the WA control unit specifically for each patient.
Foot Drop Treatment Objectives
Traditional bracing techniques concentrated only on preserving soft tissue length and biomechanical alignment, preventing deformity and promoting stability, mobility, healing and managing pain. This however did not offer maximum recovery and benefit to the patient.
New treatments exploit this type of artificial healing by targeting the nerve structures to maximize full rehabilitation by developing the way that the body responds during daily activities and exercise for a stronger recovery.
The use of the Walkaide (FES) stimulates precise and timely feedback from the limb, allowing improved quality of movement by acting on the nerve/muscle input. The ultimate goal is to regain voluntary control, restore reflex responses and complex function through sensory and audible feedback as well as muscle development, helping you to gain independence, one step at a time.
Foot Drop Brace
Many clients come to see us as their foot drop brace does not fit comfortably, or they are having difficulties with the weight or flexibility. We provide affordable custom bracing using traditional and advanced materials and technologies to help these people get back onto their feet and back to their daily lives.
Call 0330 100 1800 (local Rate) or 0113 218 8030 to book an appointment or discuss your unique requirements.