What are the benefits of a foot-drop simulator (FDS) for treatment of foot drop after a stroke?

Updated: Mar 23, 2020
  • Author: James W Pritchett, MD; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS  more...
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In a study of 197 patients who had sustained a stroke approximately 3 months previously, Kluding et al compared use of an AFO with use of a foot-drop stimulator (FDS) for treatment of foot drop. [15] They concluded that whereas both approaches resulted in significant improvement in gait speed and functional outcomes, user satisfaction was higher with the FDS; they also stressed that initial therapy can provide long-term benefit.


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