Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)
What is FES?
Footdrop – difficulty lifting the foot up at the ankle when swinging the leg forward – is a common and often early cause of walking difficulties in people with Multiple Sclerosis.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a non-invasive technique that can help people with footdrop walk more easily.
Using electrical impulses at just the right time during the gait cycle, FES stimulates the muscles that lift the foot. It can lead to significant improvements in posture, gait and balance and can also reduce fatigue levels and muscle pain.
MS Research's role
We provide assessments for an advanced FES stimulation system called WalkAide. This does not need a heel switch, so unlike some other FES devices doesn't restrict footwear choces.
The assessments take place in our offices at The Vassal Centre in Bristol. (They not available from the NHS in the Bristol area). We provide follow-up meetings with a specialist physiotherapist.
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