My FES and footdrop

Functional Electrical Stimulation or an FES. Is it an answer to foot drop for MS sufferers? I started using it on 16 Dec 2014. My balance has improved to an extent that I almost never fall over, I used to be a frequent faller. I would go so far as to say that has significantly improved my quality of life.

Every morning its four sticky FES electrodes

Every morning its four sticky FES electrodes

Every morning its four sticky FES electrodes. I must put them on my left leg. Two go onto my thigh and two go just below the knee. I started using the FES two years ago in December 2014. I estimate that I have taken the sticky electrodes off about 720 times and put them back […]

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Sticky electrodes and my FES

Sticky electrodes and my FES

I started using a Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) in January 2014. It has been my game changer. Without the sticky electrodes and my FES I would probably have to use a wheelchair around the house. Hold on a moment, I would definitely have to use a wheelchair. Instead I have a different life. Sticky electrodes and my […]

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The FES has been a life changer

The FES has been a life changer

An FES was originally fitted over 18 months ago to help my footdrop. The FES has been a life changer. It makes me feel more confident, I have better balance and an I-can-do feeling. OK so I still need to use a rollator. The FES has been a life changer At my last visit in […]

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The FES Really Changed My Life

The FES Really Changed My Life

The FES really changed my life. I am quite sure it was the Functional Electrical Stimulator otherwise known as an FES. Originally fitted in December 2014. I immediately stopped falling over with monotonous regularity. Instead I stayed upright, it changed my life for the better . So many people commented that I looked better and […]

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Life without a FES would be unthinkable

Life without a FES would be unthinkable

I have SPMS and seriously disabled with foot drop. I was fitted with a Functional Electrical Stimulator (FES) in December 2014. A consultant from Queens Square, London suggested that it would help my walking. At first I found it very fiddly to setup and this did not inspire me with confidence. Within a few days […]

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At Night I Can’t Just Fall Into Bed

At Night I Can’t Just Fall Into Bed

It’s the evening, I’m tired and its bedtime but at night I can’t just fall into bed. I have to go through a ritual every evening before I can get into bed and start reading my book. Getting undressed and removing my FES is quite a palaver. If I do this standing up I’m guaranteed to […]

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Drop Foot And The FES

Drop Foot And The FES

It’s now August 2015, time to think about my drop foot and the FES ; I have been using a Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to help me walk since December 2014 that is 9 months. It is a dual channel FES. I cannot lift the toes or front of my left foot off the ground. I cannot […]

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Two channel FES

Two channel FES

I was fitted with a single channel Functional Electrical Stimulator (FES) in mid December.  Sixteen weeks later, at the end of March I was upgraded to a Two Channel FES. The original FES is only able to stimulate one muscle; the new one can stimulate two muscles. The original FES stimulates the muscle to lift the front of the foot. […]

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FES, 4 weeks later

FES, 4 weeks later

I was fitted  with a Functional Electric Stimulator (FES) in December 2014. No expectations FES has changed my life but not in ways that I was expecting. Actually I did not really have any expectations. I had not done any research into it; at times I’m so idle. I was only getting one fitted because […]

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28% Faster

28% Faster

A big question. Can I walk faster with an FES or Functional Electrical Stimulator? Will it help me? In my previous post about FES I explained how this gadget should help me with my walking. My second visit to the National Hospital for Neurology in Queen Square, London an FES was fitted. I then had a […]

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FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation)

FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation)

I have foot drop and it has got progressively worse over the last 10 years. FES my new walking aid Foot drop is a paralysis or muscular weakness that makes it very difficult to lift the front part of your foot and toes. It can also be called drop foot. It can cause you to drag your […]

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MuSmate a walking aid for footdrop

MuSmate a walking aid for footdrop

I have foot drop in my left leg. When the problem started to be an issue I used the MuSmate a walking aid for foot drop. It stops me dragging my toes along the ground and tripping me up. Without the mechanical elastic device called a Musmate walking I could fall over very easily. The Musmate is […]

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My New Orthosis

My New Orthosis

I recently visited Amersham hospital and had a new orthosis fitted, it stops foot drop. Strictly speaking its called an orthotic. By preventing foot drop my knee hyperextension will also stop. That is the theory. and even more interesting, the theory works. Better balance Yes, it makes walking easier and I am sure it does […]

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