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Hemiplegic Gait Improvement with Dropped Foot Stimulation

July 04, 2019

A 1999 study on stroke gait by Taylor et al., reported a mean 20 % gait speed increase in hemiplegic patients with use of the Odstock Dropped Foot Stimulator (ODFS). This finding has been supported in…

2 Channel Neuromuscular Stimulation for Shoulder Subluxation Reduction post Stroke

June 21, 2019

  2 channel  neuromuscular stimulation can be an effective intervention to reduce shoulder subluxation post stroke. Stimulation Delivery & Electrode Placement: Using the overlapping mode of …

Combining Foot Drop Stimulation with an Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) for Walking

May 21, 2019

A common assumption may be that fitting an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) is sufficient to address walking difficulty after neurologic impairment such as stroke, MS,  traumatic brain or spinal cord injury…

FES to assist walking with MS

May 19, 2019

In some individuals, MS may result in weakness of the lower limb (leg) muscles and difficulty with walking, Decreased walking endurance may also limit ability to walk  even short distances out of doo…

The Bilateral Effect of FES on Hemiplegic Gait

May 03, 2019

Slow, inefficient gait with abnormal gait parameters are common findings when assessing walking post stroke. While loss of affected limb foot strike angle is a common finding we may additionally see c…

Assessing with FES: Clinician & Patient Factors

April 13, 2019

Generation of a motor response to facilitate FES assisted gait in stroke patients may, at times, require clinician “perseverance”. In applying FES for gait -consideration of factors influencing th…

Clinical Considerations in Patient Assessment for a Dropped Foot Stimulator

April 06, 2019

Individuals with a diagnosis of hemiplegia (from stroke or acquired brain injury) or multiple sclerosis or incomplete spinal cord injury can all benefit from FES (functional electrical stimulation) a…

FES or AFO to improve hemiplegic gait post stroke

March 11, 2019

  A 2015 study  by Bethoux et al., investigating dropped foot stimulation (DFS) versus an ankle foot orthosis (AFO)  to assist gait post stroke, reported  DFS to be “not inferior “  to an…

Long term use of dropped foot stimulation in Stroke & MS

February 17, 2019

  Background: In Great Britain, patients may be funded for Odstock dropped foot stimulators under the UK National Health System. Under this model, patients fitted with Odstock technology undergo …

Use of FES in Gait Retraining after Stroke

February 07, 2019

Blog 7 video The accompanying video to this post shows the initial, immediate gait change possible with application of an Odstock Pace dropped foot stimulator. Gait parameters – heel contact, s…