Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis MS vary greatly from person to person and may inlcude: bowel and bladder dysfunction, dizziness, incoordination, impaired speech and swallowing, muscle weakness, dry mouth, cognitive impairment, depression, numbness and tingling. Not all people will have all symptoms and the symptoms sometimes change during periods of remission.
When MS affects the ability to pick up the toes or causes drop foot, an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) or The WalkAide System (or Neuroprosthesis) may be solutions to help make walking safer and more efficient.
An AFO brace can make walking safer by helping lift up the foot to clear the ground as the leg swings forward, and increases stability by supporting the leg as it touches the ground again in support of your body weight. Knee stability can also be improved with the use of an AFO, by controlling hyperextension of the knee.
The WalkAide System in an externally applied neuroprosthesis, that stimulates a nerve in your leg to cause the muscles to contract and lift up your foot. The WalkAide works in a similar way that the AFO does to help you clear the ground in walking.
If you think you might be a good candidate for The WalkAide System or bracing, a custom AFO, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set-up your free assessment.