How does everyone deal with foot drop and how effective do you think the options are?
Use nothing. - This is what I do around the house, usually using furniture and walls to check balance. It is fuss free but does involve an exaggerated gait and as indoors the stride is a lot shorter, when the foot catches it is less dramatic.
FES. With this I can sometimes get an almost normal gait, but I find it very hit and miss where the pads are fitted. Even when it seems to be working well, it still fails to trigger occasionally and therefore cannot walk with any confidence. Also by the time I have connected everything and routed the wires through my clothing, I have lost the will to go out.
Boxia. This device seems to be more constant when walking, but it does have the disadvantage of holding the foot in position and tightening the shoes quite a bit, so only really comfortable for shortish periods.
4 . I haven’t tried a splint as this seems to be even more rigid, but someone may confirm they can be brilliant
- I have met someone wearing a Turbomed XTERN. He says it has changed his life and can now go walking anywhere on any surface. I believe it is quite expensive, but wondered if anyone else uses one?
I and probably many others, look forward to any input on this topic. There do seem to be many options and I am a little annoyed that all these options (and possibly some I havent heard of yet) were not explained to me by the stroke team at the hospital or the sketchy support afterwards. One year in and still discovering new things that supposed specialists should have already known about.