Bristol, Conn. – Recently, David Horan was able to literally take a step forward in his ten-year battle against the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis (MS). Since his diagnosis in 2000, Horan has attended and supported MS Walks in his area hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, but has never been physically able to participate due to a form of lower leg paralysis known as “foot drop” resulting from his MS. This year however, Horan was able complete part of the walk with the help of the WalkAide.
Watch more of Horan's story here.
About the WalkAide – An intelligent functional electrical stimulation (FES) system, the WalkAide restores mobility to people who suffer from a form of lower leg paralysis known as foot drop due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, and incomplete spinal cord injury. About the size of an iPod and worn around the calf just below the knee, the WalkAide applies low level electrical currents directly to the peroneal nerve (i.e. the motor nerve that controls the movement of the ankle and foot) and instruct the muscles to flex the foot at the appropriate time in the gait cycle. It uses Bluetooth technology to communicate during programming and a patented tilt accelerometer.
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