Foot Drop is a curse, it can ruin your life.

With the FES walking aid, people can travel again for work and general life, make their way around public transport, such as the Tube, go up and down escalators, go out to the theatre and other places where the lights are low and they can’t see their feet (and hazards).

Wearers can continue to shop, go to school, they can go out alone. They can climb and descend stairs; they don’t have to continually watch their step, or walk with a stick.

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) uses small electrical impulses to assist the muscles to lift the foot. It is clinically proven to improve walking speed, and reduce the effort of walking. Foot Drop occurs when the muscles are not strong enough to lift the foot and toes.

How does it work? The FES current is generated by a small battery-powered electronic device.

The most common way is to use electrodes placed on the skin over the nerve.

The user will experience a “pins and needles” sensation when the current is applied, which most people quickly become used to.

walking people

FES can aid walking after Stroke, MS, Spinal Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury, Medical Accident and other.

It is a liberating device; users get their life back. It aids independence significantly and builds confidence and self-esteem.

A Bioness FES walking device consists of

  • A battery-powered control box, about the size of a pack of cards, worn on a lanyard or carried.
  • A sensor worn in the shoe (heel switch) which detects pressure changes as the foot starts to move
  • A band wrapped around the leg, with battery-powered electrodes touching the skin.