At a glance
- Lifts the foot at the right time
- Improves walking speed, pattern and confidence
- Makes it possible to walk greater distances
- Requires less concentration on gait
- Easy to apply with one hand
- Orthopaedic shoes are not necessary
- Easy, individual adjustment using the remote control
- Second muscle group can be stimulated
What is dorsal flexor weakness?
A dorsal flexor weakness often occurs as the result of a stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain trauma or an incomplete paraplegia. Dorsal flexor weakness and drop foot mean that the tip of the foot points down, thus it can get easily caught on the floor. This way, even a carpet can become an obstacle. To achieve the necessary distance to the floor, the leg is usually swung forward via the hip, which requires great strength and can lead to malpositions. It often leads to back pain.
Many people affected by this avoid walking greater distances. On one hand, it requires great efforts since they have to concentrate intensely on every step and on the other hand, they can only move slowly. As a result of this, many people affected by dorsal flexor weakness stay at home more instead of visiting friends or undertaking something, which significantly decreases their quality of life.
MyGait is intended to inhibit this social retreat. It is an innovative device, which depending on the individual, can facilitate walking with dorsal flexor weakness.
How does MyGait work?
MyGait is a surface stimulator. Under certain physical conditions, functional electrical stimulation (FES) with MyGait lifts the foot at just the right time in the gait cycle.
The heel switch that you wear on the foot sends a wireless signal to the stimulator. A cuff positions it below the knee. The stimulator activates a special nerve called the common peroneal nerve. As a result, the muscles responsible for lifting the foot are activated and the foot is lifted. This results in an improved and more natural gait pattern.
Gerhard, 57, from Austria tells us his story
Gerhard always loved being active, went for lots of walks, went skiing – but after an accident, he was suffering from dorsal flexor weakness. Today he is using MyGait.
“We were skiing when the accident happened. My wife had already gone down into the valley with part of our family, whereas my sister-in-law and I were still on the slopes. All of a sudden, I fell. My sister-in-law tried to help me get up, but I couldn't. Then everything went black. The doctors later diagnosed a cerebral haemorrhage. I was taken to a hospital and was in a kind of waking coma for almost three months. When I woke up, I noticed that I was paralysed on my right side. At first, I could get around only with a wheelchair. I learned how to walk again in rehab, but I couldn't lift the tip of my foot.”
“My foot suddenly moved again”
“The first time I wore MyGait, I was really surprised by the feeling. My foot suddenly moved again. Now I go for walks with my wife considerably more often and I can also do more with my grandchildren.”
Who was MyGait designed for?
MyGait is suited for patients suffering from a dorsal flexor weakness caused by a stroke, multiple sclerosis, incomplete paralysis or traumatic brain injury.
In some cases, however, the surface stimulator cannot be used. Please ask your doctor or therapist whether MyGait is suitable for you.