New devices compensate for foot drop
Nerve stimulation can help many people walk normally again.
Stroke and other diseases can damage nerves that control motion, resulting in foot drop. People with this condition have difficulty controlling the affected foot when walking. Although a conventional below-the-knee leg brace can provide stability, it cannot help these people pick up their foot normally with each step. Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital offers two devices that can. Dr. Randie Black-Schaffer, medical director of the stroke program at Spaulding, says the devices are significantly helpful.