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Sam’s Case Study

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Sam’s Story

“The e-step is great – the combination of the Dorsiflex Sock and the FES unit is really good. The sock controls my foot and the FES unit controls my walking pattern. It’s the first time I felt that feeling of touching the ground properly with my heel. The support it gives stops me from twisting my ankle, it prevents inward rotation. I can definitely walk better and further because taking steps is a lot smoother. Instead of my foot curling around after each step I can take one step after another more naturally.”

Jane – Sam’s Mum

“Sam had a stroke at the age of 4. He lost the use of his right side and was hospitalised for 3 months. He had to learn to walk again and began intense physiotherapy immediately. It was an extremely difficult time for us. We found out about DM Orthotics very early on and Sam started using a DMO Suit. As he got older and stronger he moved on to using DMO Shorts and a DMO Long-sleeved glove for his arm. He used both hinged an fixed AFO’s for about 3 years for his foot and ankle but he was finding them too restrictive. More recently he started using a DMO Dorsiflex sock which gave him much more flexibility.”

“The conversion to FES and the DMO e-step has really made a difference to his walking pattern. It’s really improved his confidence – as his mum, it’s great to see.”

Rod Lane – Clinician

“When I first saw Sam he was using a DMO Sock to control his ankle stability but he wasn’t getting enough dorsiflexion to lift his foot properly – which was to be expected with someone with Dropfoot. The use of FES would improve this, increasing his toe lift.”

“It would also build the TA (calf) muscles in his right leg by making them more active.
Combining the FES with the sock became effective immediately. It produced a really well controlled ankle and significantly improved his gait, resulting in the effort required to walk by 50% (physical cost index). It has improved his volitional dorsiflexion and evened out his stride by improving his step length by 9cm. Wear on his shoes is pretty even now!”

“Long term I can see it providing further improvements in his gait further up his leg. Where he has learnt to circumduct we have removed the need to do this and I would hope to see less hip involvement in his walking pattern.”

“The conversion to FES and the DMO e-step has really made a difference to his walking pattern. It’s really improved his confidence – as his mum, it’s great to see.”
Jane – Sam’s mum.