Dorsiflexor weakness is a common consequence of neurological disturbances
How to find the right medical device
Patients with nerve damage may be affected by various physical limitations. Dorsiflexor weakness is particularly common, and finding help for this is often a key patient concern. When you are affected, you are unable to lift the tip of the foot; this means the foot easily gets caught up on obstacles and your mobility is abruptly restricted. Nevertheless, you should decide in favour of movement and more activity: a broad selection of medical devices is available to you in order to regain your mobility. These medical devices prevent the tip of the foot from pointing at the ground and keep the foot from twisting. When it comes to the question of the best fitting, your needs and physical condition are decisive factors. Find out about these – in cooperation with your fitting team, doctor, orthotist and therapist. It is also important that you feel comfortable and enjoy movement in everyday life.
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Dorsiflexion assist orthoses such as the WalkOn product family are suitable if you prefer a passive, supporting medical device or if functional electrical stimulation (FES) is not possible for you. Since stimulation is not needed with these orthoses, they do not have to be charged. They help achieve a more dynamic and natural gait pattern thanks to a flexible forefoot and heel region.
The MyGait surface stimulator uses functional electrical stimulation (FES) to actively lift the foot. The MyGait stimulates the nerve from the outside and is applied to the lower leg. This is especially useful in the early rehabilitation phase when functions can recover in the foot or you are not yet sure if you want to use a stimulator permanently. Functional electrical stimulation has been proven to improve safety while walking. With the MyGait you also obtain greater stability for moving on uneven surfaces, stairs and inclines. Since your movements are more natural, you can cover longer distances with less exertion.
The ActiGait thigh implant offers you the same benefits as the MyGait, but is even easier to handle and less conspicuous since part of it is implanted. The implant is positioned directly on the nerve so that it controls the foot with great precision. The ActiGait is particularly well suited for long-term use.