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Nov 03

Weak Foot Dorsiflexion: Walking after a Stroke

Weak Foot Dorsiflexion: Walking after a  Stroke

ActiGaitYou recognize some patients who had a stroke right away, they have difficulty walking. They have to pull up one of there legs really high so they don’t trip over their foot, which is not lifted properly. The condition is called foot drop,  or sometimes drop foot. It is a general term for difficulty lifting the front part of the foot. If you have foot drop, you may drag the front of your foot on the ground when you walk. You have Weak Foot Dorsiflexion.
 We take walking for granted, don’t even have to think about it, but stroke patients have to “remember” to pick up their foot with every step they take, it is not automatic! Some patients have a Weak Foot Dorsiflexion that does not respond to therapy. In many cases, damage to the central nervous system, caused by the stroke, leads to paralysis of the muscles responsible for dorsiflexion of the foot. For patients with weakness of dorsiflexion of the foot for whom conventional therapy is not effective,Otto Bock offers a completely new type of therapy: The ActiGait® neurostimulator reactivates fully or partially paralyzed muscles via the corresponding intact nerve.

Watch these videos for more information.

ActiGait® Animated Film

ActiGait for patients with weak foot dorsiflexion – Lida’s story

Visit the  website for more detailed information.

http://www.ottobock.com

 

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