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[ARTICLE] Effectiveness of Functional Electrical Stimulation for Foot Drop on Walking Abilities and Balance Performance in Saudi Individuals with Chronic Stroke – Full Text

Abstract
Objective: Patients with stroke commonly lose their ability to maintain postural balance control and proper postural alignment during walking because of spasticity and weakness. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of functional electrical stimulation (FES) in improving walking and balance abilities in Saudi patients with chronic stroke.
Methods: The study was carried out at the Physical Therapy
Department of Umm al-Qura University in Saudi Arabia. The study design was a randomized controlled trial. Thirty male patients ages 40 to 50 years with chronic stroke were included in the research. They were randomly distributed into two groups (A and B) consisting of 15 members each. The participants in both groups underwent a conventional physical therapy program that included balance, standing, and gait training exercises. In addition, the patients in group B underwent a training program with FES with the use of the WalkAide foot drop stimulator. Gait velocity (m/s), the dynamic postural stability and dynamic limit of stability indices of the patients in both groups pre- and post-treatment were evaluated by using the 10-meter walking test and the Biodex Balance System, respectively.
Results: Statistically significant differences in the post-treatment results were found between the two groups, with group B showing more favorable values for gait velocity, overall stability index, and overall directional control index (p = 0.02, 0.025, and 0.02, respectively). For all the measured variables, significantly better results from pre- to posttreatment were recorded for both groups (p < 0.05).
Conclusion: FES therapy of the tibialis anterior muscle with the use of the WalkAide foot drop stimulator was effective in improving walking and balance abilities in Saudi patients with stroke.

Source: Effectiveness of Functional Electrical Stimulation for Foot Drop on Walking Abilities and Balance Performance in Saudi Individuals with Chronic Stroke (PDF Download Available)

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[VIDEO] The New WalkAide System: Advanced Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for Treatment of Foot Drop – YouTube

 

via The New WalkAide System: Advanced Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for Treatment of Foot Dro – YouTube.

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[WEB SITE] Is WalkAide Right For Me?

Is WalkAide Right For Me?

​The WalkAide system is indicated for patients who exhibit foot drop caused by upper motor neuron injuries or central nerves system (CNS) disorders. If you experience foot drop due to any of the conditions listed below, then the WalkAide may be right for you:

  • ​​​Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Stroke (CVA)
  • ​Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • I​ncomplete Spinal Cord Injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

To determine if you are a potential candidate for WalkAide, please answer the following questions: Continue –> Is WalkAide Right For Me? – WalkAide.com.

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[RESEARCH PAPER] A comparison of the orthotic effect of the Odstock Dropped Foot Stimulator and the Walkaide functional electrical stimulation systems on energy cost and speed of walking in Multiple Sclerosis.

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Purpose: Functional electrical stimulation (FES), an assistive device used for foot drop, has been found to improve the speed and energy cost of walking in people with multiple sclerosis (pwMS). This study aims to compare the immediate orthotic effect on walking of two different devices; the Odstock Dropped Foot Stimulator (ODFS) and Walkaide (WA).

Method: Twenty pwMS (10 female, 10 male, mean age 50.4 ± 7.3 years) currently using ODFS were recruited. Participants walked for 5 min around an elliptical 9.5 m course at their preferred walking speed; once with ODFS, once with WA and once without FES on the same day of testing. Gait speed, distance and energy cost were measured.

Results: There was a statistically significant increase in walking speed for the ODFS (p = 0.043) and a near to significant increase for the WA (p = 0.06) in comparison to without FES. There were no differences between the ODFS and WA in terms of either walking speed (p = 0.596) or energy cost (p = 0.205).

Conclusions: This is the first pilot study to compare the effects of two different FES devices on walking. Further research recruiting a larger cohort of FES naive participants is needed.

Implications for Rehabilitation

  • Functional electrical stimulation (FES) used for foot drop in multiple sclerosis (MS) is effective in improving the speed of walking.
  • The Odstock Dropped Foot Stimulator and the Walkaide have similar orthotic effects on the speed and energy cost of walking in people with MS.
  • Further research is urgently needed to compare FES devices, recruiting treatment of naive participants for a fully powered RCT.

via A comparison of the orthotic effect of the Odstock Dropped Foot Stimulator and the Walkaide functional electrical stimulation systems on energy cost and speed of walking in Multiple Sclerosis, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, Informa Healthcare.

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[VIDEO] Watch “Miracle in a Box – WalkAide”

Tina Mann on the Early Show 07/22/09. The Miracle in a Box that changed Tina Mann’s life.
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WEB SITE: WalkAide – For Foot Drop Patients – Is WalkAide Right For Me?

Is WalkAide Right For Me?

The WalkAide system is indicated for patients who exhibit foot drop caused by upper motor neuron injuries or central nerves system (CNS) disorders. If you experience foot drop due to any of the conditions listed below, then the WalkAide may be right for you:

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Stroke (CVA)

Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

more–> WalkAide – For Foot Drop Patients – Is WalkAide Right For Me?.

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