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Ankle-foot orthoses and functional electrical stimulation for foot drop in MS: Pluses, minuses, progress

from Lower Extremity Review

People with multiple sclerosis have difficulty walking: Gait impairment, including the reduced ankle dorsiflexion of foot drop, is one of the most common indicators of disability early in the course of this progressive autoimmune disease of the central nervous system, affecting approximately 75 percent of people with MS. Assistive technology, such as ankle–foot orthoses and functional electrical stimulation, increases the safety of walking and the speed of ambulation (even then, only about one half of patients remain ambulatory 15 years after disease onset). more

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