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Biomedical Engineers Use Electrical Stimulus To Help Patients Lift Their Feet

Posted Sep 14 2009 10:29pm
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October 1, 2007 — Physical Therapists are helping people with central nervous system disorders learn to walk again. A wireless computer-enabled device aids those suffering from a condition called foot drop, which happens when someone cannot raise the front part of the foot to accommodate a smooth gate. When an individual swings his or her legs forward, a sensor in the shoe signals a microprocessor, which sends an electrical pulse to the nerve that controls the foot, lifting it, and allowing the patient to walk smoothly.

For stroke patients or people living with multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy, one of the most difficult, but very common, side effects of their condition is paralysis of part of the body. But now, a new device is giving some patients their life back.




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