What is FES?
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) uses a non-invasive device that can help some people with MS to walk more easily. FES is a technique that uses electrical impulses to stimulate nerves in the leg and move the foot more naturally. FES can help with dropped foot, a common symptom of MS, by stimulating the muscles that lift the foot when walking. This makes walking easier and makes it less likely that you will trip or fall.
MS Research's role.
MS Research provides assessment for an excellent FES device called WalkAide which helps to improve walking in people who have foot drop. Unlike some others, this device does not need a heel switch so eliminates the need for extra wires and restricted choices in footwear. FES assessment is not provided by the NHS in the Avon region but MS Research funds this. MS Research also provides follow-up meetings with a specialist physiotherapist if someone uses FES.