Taylor, P., Burridge, J., Dunkerley , A., Wood, D. E., Norton, J. A., Singleton, C. and Swain, I. D., 1999. Clinical Audit of 5 Years Provision of the Odstock Dropped Foot Stimulator. Artificial Organs, 23 (5), pp. 440-442.
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The Odstock dropped foot stimulator (ODFS) is a foot switch controlled single channel neuromuscular stimulator for correction of dropped foot. Following a randomized controlled trial, the ODFS was recommended for use in the United Kingdom's National Health Service and a clinical service established. The patient performance was assessed by measurement of walking speed over 10 m, physiological cost index (PCI), and by questionnaire. After 4.5 months stroke patients (n = 111) showed a mean increase in walking speed of 27% and reduction in PCI of 31% with stimulation and changes of 14% and 19%, respectively, unassisted. Multiple sclerosis patients (n = 21) gained similar orthotic benefit but no carry over. The principal reason cited for using the equipment was that it reduced the effort of walking. The principal reasons identified for discontinuing were an improvement in mobility, electrode positioning difficulties, and deteriorating mobility. A comprehensive clinical follow-up service is essential to achieve the maximum continuing benefit from FES based orthosis.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Functional electrical stimulation • Dropped foot • Stroke • Multiple sclerosis • Physiological cost index • Walking speed ABSTRACT|
|Subjects:||Technology > Engineering > Electrical and Electronic Engineering|
Technology > Medicine and Health > Medicine and Surgery
|Group:||School of Design, Engineering & Computing > Smart Technology Research Centre|
|Deposited By:||Prof Ian D Swain|
|Deposited On:||11 Mar 2010 19:18|
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