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Change in Gait Speed with FES –

October 09, 2020

As reported in an earlier blog – dropped foot stimulation can significantly increase walking speed in stroke patients. Walking speed in stroke patients shows a wide variation depending on a # of factors including degree of motor loss from the stroke and time since onset of the stroke.  In a study on walking speed after stroke it was found that patients who walk at 0.12 metres per second can > double their speed to a minimum 0.26 metres per second with the application of stimulation to activate leg muscles. Improving walking speed is important so that stroke survivors can achieve a more functional gait pattern with opportunity to participate in activities involving indoor & outdoor walking.

Walking speed change with FES is illustrated in the graph below.

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