New Solution for Foot Drop

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Walkaide FES System

A patient simply needs to wear the Walkaide device around the upper calf. It releases appropriate electric current to the leg, so the patient can properly lift the foot to reduce foot drop while walking.

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Turbomed Foot Drop Brace

Turbomed Foot Drop Brace replaces the traditional ankle-foot orthosis and works well beyond the traditional one’s limitation. It helps patients with foot drop to walk farther.

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Walkaide FES System

Foot drop caused by stroke affects daily life. Help patients with foot drop getting back the joy of walking

Stroke affects the daily life of many patients. Even after taking the initial medication and physiotherapy, the annoying issue of post-stroke problems still exist. The most annoying one is the ” difficult mobility “. How to make stroke patients “walk better”? This is undoubtedly very important.

Patients with nerve damage in the brain, such as a stroke, will have leg muscle imbalance and cannot lift their foot upward when walking, resulting in “foot drop”. In order to prevent “foot drop”, i.e. foot touching the ground when walking, patients often have compensatory motion from their knee, hip or other parts of the body. Patients’ knees, pelvis and waist exert extra effort to push the body forward, which may make the patient exhausted after a short walk. If the foot drop problem is not properly managed, it may lead to muscle contracture and stiffness of ankle joint, affecting the patient’s ability to move and socialize. Besides the traditional ankle-foot orthosis, this is a better alternative for solving the walking problem of patients with foot drop.

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Walkaide – A new direction of treatment

WalkAide is designed for treatment of foot drop caused by stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, etc. By stimulating the common peroneal nerve through personalized and programmed electic output, Walkaide can lift the foot and avoid foot drop, making the gait more natural and stable.

Principle of Walkaide FES System

The Walkaide FES System operates in the principle of “functional electrical stimulation”. The patient’s leg is given the right amount of electric current at the right time, so that they can lift their foot appropriately during walking. It saves energy so that they can walk more and progress faster.

Some basic FES system depends on “heel sensor” to release electric current. The disadvantages are that the patient cannot accurately step on the “heel sensor” and the “heel sensor” must be placed in the shoe. It cannot be used barefoot. Moreover, the exposed wires make it easy to trip over other things and bring about a feeling of disability when wearing shorts.

The Walkaide FES System is unique in that the main unit is positioned around the upper calf, with no exposed wires, and can be used barefoot. It is much lighter than traditional FES System. It also uses “tilt sensor” to control the electric current. Compared with traditional “heel sensor”, the time of releasing electric current is more accurate and the patient will walk more naturally.

New Solution for Foot Drop

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Assessment and Fitting Procedure

  • The pedorthist firstly does the nerve stimulation test and checks whether the foot can be successfully lifted up by electric current.
  • If it is successfully stimulated, the pedorthist will proceed to identify the proper electrode position.
  • The Pedorthist will connect the Walkaide main unit to the electrodes.
  • The patient will do the first walking trial and the collected data that will be automatically transferred to the computer.
  • The walking data will be analyzed through specialized software and sent back to Walkaide main unit.
  • The patient is then allowed to walk with Walkaide which will continue collecting walking data. Pedorthist will fine-tune the walking data if necessary.
  • After achieving the best walking data, the Pedorthist will fit the Walkaide cuff on the patient’s leg with electrodes and all the electric wires stowed in the Walkaide main unit.
  • The Pedorthist will then guide the patient how to wear and operate Walkaide and draw his focus to points they need to pay attention.
  • The patient must come back for check-up by the Pedorthist and if necessary, the Pedorthic will modify the data in the Walkaide main unit.

Of course, repeated practice is the most important thing in the rehabilitation process of patient. Do not forget to seek professional advice from Pedorthists.

Turbomed Foot Drop Brace

How to get rid of foot drop?

Do you know what “foot drop” is? Have you ever heard of ‘foot drop’?

Sudden accidents or unexplained causes, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis or actual trauma, can lead to nerve damage. The common denominator in all cases of nerve damage, whether mild or severe, is the problem of “foot drop” during walking.

Foot drop is a condition in which the foot cannot be lifted upwards when walking. This is often a major stumbling block in recovery.

We saw many foot drop patients who have been instructed by doctors or other health care professionals to practise walking more and more. But most of them go to a bottleneck where they get stuck with the problem of ‘foot drop’.

If patients have “foot drop”, they cannot lift their feet upwards when walking, and they have to exert extra effort at the knee, pelvis and waist to push their body forward. Therefore, they may be exhausted after just a short walk.

Traditional ankle-foot orthosis

The ‘traditional ankle-foot orthosis’ is the most basic and commonly used orthosis by Hong Kong public hospitals to help foot drop patients. It is mostly made of polypropylene and is wrapped around the lower leg and foot. It is placed inside a shoe, so the patients have to buy the shoes one to two sizes bigger to accommodate the orthosis.

The material used in ‘traditional ankle-foot orthosis’ is relatively hard as the foot and ankle should be supported to prevent foot drop. Patients may feel the edge of the orthosis to scratch the skin around the ankle. In addition, patients generally feel that the ‘ traditional ankle-foot orthosis ‘ is more constricting and the ankle is not flexible, causing unnatural gait.

New Solution for Foot Drop

Turbomed Foot Drop Brace – New External Ankle-Foot Orthosis

‘Turbomed Foot Drop Brace’ solves the problems of the ‘traditional ankle-foot orthosis’. It is hanged outside the shoe and does not take up any space inside the shoe. There is no need to buy a bigger shoes and the existing one can still be worn. Because it is hanged outside the shoe, nothing would touch the skin on the foot and ankle, and therefore no skin irritation exists.
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New Solution for Foot Drop
New Solution for Foot Drop
New Solution for Foot Drop

The most important thing is that Turbomed is made of thermoplastic blend of various materials. Together with its unique design, it makes the whole structure more flexible and keep natural gait.

New Solution for Foot Drop
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Turbomed Foot Drop Brace VS  Traditional Ankle-Foot Orthosis

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Fitting and follow-up

We provide professional fitting and follow-up of “Turbomed Foot Drop Brace” to ensure proper use. For assessment and fitting of “Turbomed Foot Drop Brace”, please call our Pedorthic centres to make an appointment.

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Useful Links

Turbomed official website (https://turbomedorthotics.com/)

The Turbomed Foot Drop Club – a global Facebook group for Turbomed users (https://www.facebook.com/groups/TurbomedFootDropClub/)