What is a Lower Extremity Neuroprosthesis?
- A device used to treat “foot drop” during walking. Foot drop may result in tripping, falling, and decreased balance while walking.
- The device delivers precisely timed pulses of electrical stimulation (E-stim) to muscles of the leg that lift the foot and help clear the toes during walking.
- Wireless device (no visible wires as compared to conventional E-stim units).
- Fits easily and goes unnoticed under most pants.
- Can be worn with many different types and sizes of shoes. Can even be worn without shoes.
- May take the place of an Ankle-Foot-Orthosis or AFO.
- WalkAide and Bioness L300 are the names of two devices offered.
Who can use the device?
Patients with foot drop resulting from neurological disorders or injuries including:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
- Have a pacemaker or defibrillator
- Have a recent fracture or dislocation that is not yet healed
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- Have a malignant tumor, lesion, or open wound on affected leg
- Have electric or metal implants
- Have an irreversible contracture
- Do not tolerate E-stim
- Have severe osteoporosis (brittle bones or weak bones)
- Have uncontrolled seizures.
How does it work?
- A cuff is strapped to the lower leg.
- The muscles that lift the foot and toes during walking are stimulated.
- Advanced sensors are set to turn on at the correct time during walking.
- A walking program is tailored to your child.
- The device is wireless so there are no wires to keep track of.