The FDA has granted Bioness (Valencia, CA) clearance to make available for kids with foot drop from upper motor neuron pathologies like cerebral palsy, brain injury, and stroke, the same L300 neurostimulation system that was cleared for adults in the spring of 2011. The L300 uses a below-the-knee electronic muscle stimulation cuff to contract muscles in the leg. To synchronize, a little sensor is placed in the shoe that detects movement and talks to the cuff via a wireless connection. In addition, a wireless remote is used to configure and tune the system for individual needs and comfort levels.
The system can be used either as a rehabilitation tool to help people regain their gait or as an assistive device to simply help get around the neighborhood.
Flashbacks: Bioness NESS L300 Plus System Gets Green Light in U.S.; The NESS L300 Lifts Up a Foot
Press release: BIONESS RECEIVES FIRST FDA CLEARANCE OF NEUROSTIMULATION SYSTEM FOR CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM FOOT DROP
Product page: L300 Foot Drop System…