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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.v12.i3.20
12 pages

Functional Electrical Stimulation for a Dropped Foot

Richard Edlich
Legacy Verified Level I Shock Trauma Center Pediatrics and Adults, Legacy Emanual Hospital; and Plastic Surgery, Biomedical Engineering and Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia Health System, USA
Robert P. Wilder
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Director, Division of Spine and Sports Care; Medical Director, The Runner's Clinic at University of Virginia Health Sciences System, Charlottesville, Virginia
Tyler C. Wind
Plastic Surgical Research Program, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia
Brenda E. Crider
Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0376

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this collective review is to study the techniques, usage, methods, and clinical results of functional electrical stimulation applied to the peroneal nerve in the treatment of dropped foot. When stimulation is applied through surface electrodes, clinical reports have documented the therapeutic and orthotic benefits of functional electrical stimulation. Clinical trials are now being undertaken in which implantable electrodes are being used to stimulate the peroneal nerve in patients with dropped foot.