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Foot Drop and Functional Electrical Stimulation

Posted Jan 17 2011 12:00am

By: Maureen Shanahan, R.N. Like many people with MS, I have a condition known as foot drop. This condition occurs when the peroneal muscle in the front of the calf is weakened or is only weakly stimulated by the central nervous system  preventing the proper lifting of the forefoot and toes during walking. Tightness in the muscles at the back of the calf also contributes to the condition. Foot drop, which allows the foot to dangle from the ankle, makes walking difficult and tiring. In order to avoid tripping and falling, those of us with foot drop adopt a number of abnormal gait strategies, such as swinging the affected leg outward, hitching up the hip, and leaning to one side.
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