The wireless foot drop system innoSTEP-WL uses functional electrostimulation to compensate weak foot dorsiflexion and improve the gait. Patients can benefit from a increased mobility and life quality: Electrodes placed on the skin transmit external electrical impulses to the peroneal nerve, this nerve in turn transmits the command to the muscles to contract causing the foot to be lifted. As a consequence, the innoSTEP-WL enables patients with weak foot dorsiflexion (or drop foot) a natural, secure gait. On the long term, functional electrical stimulation of the peroneal nerve and the associated stimulus transmission can promote the remodelling of neural pathways.
Because of its unique cuff, the innoSTEP-WL is also suited for treating children with weak foot dorsiflexion. It can be used from the age of 5 . Because of its low profile, children wearing the foot drop system are able to move around freely.learn more
A weak foot dorsiflexion (fibular nerve/peroneal nerve paralysis or peroneal nerve paresis) refers to an injury to the peroneal nerve (nervus peroneus/nervus fibularis). Patients can no longer lift or roll their feet correctly when walking. This often results in an unsteady gait (which is known as foot drop) – every step requires the utmost attention, and is associated with a high risk of tripping or falling.learn more
A peroneal nerve paresis can have a number of different causes, for example damage to brain and nerve cells resulting from a stroke, spinal disc herniation or trauma. Also neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease can lead to weak foot dorsiflexion – with the brain unable to control appropriate foot lifting.learn more
Functional electrostimulation (FES) describes a stimulation of nerves which leads to muscle contractions: Electrodes are placed on the skin and transmit external electrical impulses to nerves, which ultimately causes the contraction of the enervated muscle. FES can improve muscular strength and motoric control, reduce spasms and counter contractures of ligaments and tendons. Overarching objective is to restore the function and mobility of paralyzed extremities. The foot drop system (also called electrical orthesis) basically applies this to the leg affected by weak foot dorsiflexion. Thus, the patients benefit from an improved mobility and life quality.
Functional electrostimulation has basically two areas of application. Firstly, is it applied as rehabilitive therapy, often complemented by Biofeedback , in order to improve the motor skills. Secondly, functional electrostimulation can compensate limited mobility, for example a weak foot dorsiflexion.
The innoSTEP-WL is a therapeutic device for functional electrical stimulation to treat weak foot dorsiflexion, which can be prescribed by a doctor and may be covered by statutory health insurance funds. Depending on the insurance status of the patient, care is then provided in two different ways:
Individuals covered by statutory health insurance
Private health insurance policyholders
We will of course be happy to advise you on how to use the innoSTEP-WL: Simply call us on +49 (0)6442 942 10), or contact us by e-mail or use our contact form. Further details and resources – such as a prescription template – can be downloaded here.