An implantable drop foot stimulator that compensates for the lack of control of the ankle joint and aids stroke patients suffering from drop foot has been launched in the UK by Otto Bock Healthcare. The ActiGait system restores a steadier and more natural walking pattern to the wearer.
Drop foot is a frequent result of damage to the central nervous system following a stroke. Providing a reliable and cutting-edge solution, ActiGait is implanted beneath the skin of the thigh with the control unit worn comfortably on a belt and is easy to use, even for patients with impaired arm functionality. The system is not encumbering as it is wireless with implanted electrodes.