MyGait surface stimulator
The surface stimulator for dorsiflexor weakness
Benefits at a glance
Look ahead again
Natural movement patterns are much easier for many users with MyGait. They walk faster and are able to cover longer distances. Functional electrical stimulation (FES) has been proven to improve safety while walking. Patients also report that they are able to climb stairs and walk on uneven surfaces. But most importantly of all, many users no longer have to concentrate as much on every single step. Their foot lifts at the right moment, leaving the mind free for new thoughts and impressions.
Fast to deploy
With just one hand – MyGait is easy to put on. The precise positioning of the surface stimulator on the lower leg will be explained to you by your medical specialist or orthopaedic technician. The heel switch is secured under the heel with the special sock. Communication between the cuff and heel switch is wireless without any need for cables.
From the early rehabilitation phase
You can easily try out the surface stimulator with the help of a therapist, doctor or orthopaedic technician. This allows you to quickly determine whether functional electrical stimulation (FES) is the ideal solution for you. MyGait is suitable for gait training, especially during early rehabilitation. MyGait also trains the lower leg musculature – and strong muscles make walking even easier.
In addition to the dorsiflexor muscles, another muscle group e.g. on the thigh can also be stimulated with MyGait. This makes it possible to give additional support for walking, for example with knee extension or hip flexion. With what is known as the adjustment tool, your orthopaedic technician or therapist can influence the exact movements as well. This is used for example to determine the stimulation intensity and duration.
This is how the foot is lifted
Key elements of MyGait are the heel switch and stimulator. They work together to lift the foot.
1. The sensor in the heel switch is activated when the heel is lifted.
2. The heel switch sends a radio signal to the stimulator.
3. The stimulator sends electrical signals to the nerve via electrodes.
4. The foot is lifted.
Four technological steps to take one step – they happen so fast that you almost cannot notice them. The signal to lift the foot comes from MyGait surface stimulator instead of the central nervous system (CNS).
What the physiotherapist says
Esther Bruecker is a physiotherapist and trainer for neurostimulation at the Ottobock Academy in Vienna. She tells us:
"It is always fascinating to see the patient and observe how he or she walks with MyGait. Some advantages of the MyGait are that there are no wires to bother the user and that it is possible to climb stairs and walk on uneven ground. It also allows leg movement in the stance phase; the ankle is not restricted."
The stimulation system facilitates dorsiflexion of the ankle in patients with foot drop resulting from illness or injury to the upper motor neuron (for example due to a stroke, brain trauma, multiple sclerosis, central paralysis or incomplete spinal cord injuries). During the swing phase, electric stimulation induces dorsiflexion of the affected leg, thus improving the patient's gait pattern. The stimulation system can prevent or delay atrophy caused by inactivity, maintain or improve the range of motion in the joints and promote local blood circulation.