Traverse City Orthotics Specialists offer Pediatric Bioness
Traverse City orthotics company, Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics provides pediatric patients with the latest technological advancements to effectively treat foot drop.
Children who are unable to lift their toes and the front part of the foot due to weak or paralyzed muscles experience difficulty walking. Their toes may drag and to compensate they often lift the knee higher than usual. The gait of a child with foot drop is distinctive and can make keeping up with siblings or classmates a challenge.
The causes of foot drop vary. Some children experience foot drop after sustaining an injury that damages nerves. Others have muscle, brain or spinal disorders. For some children it is temporary, while for others it is a permanent condition. While some have foot drop in only one foot, others may have it in both feet.
Traverse City orthotics specialists can offer parents an alternative to bracing to help their children with foot drop walk better. Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics has the Bioness L300 Foot Drop System available for pediatric clients. This innovative and award-winning product is a functional electrical stimulation (FES) system. The light, compact and comfortable components are worn by the child and the FES system gently stimulates nerves so that muscles in the lower leg will lift the foot.
Parents find the FES easy to use and children are typically happy to wear the Bioness L300. Depending on what the child is wearing the FES is quite unobtrusive and switching footwear is quick and easy. The technology is not only more comfortable than traditional brace alternatives but inconspicuous in comparison and allows for full range of motion.
Incredibly, the Bioness L300 foot drop system has a gait sensor, which allows the unit to actually sense the position of a child’s foot. It will automatically adjust according to the child’s walking speed and changes in the landscape. Parents and other caregivers report that children who use this FES system are more stable, falling significantly less often, and more confident in their physical abilities.
Using the Bioness L300 FES system encourages movement of the ankle and use of muscles, which is important in the long-term for children with foot drop to guard against muscle atrophy and more limited range of movement. Not only does it help children walk with a more natural gait, it allows them to move more quickly – even run – and participate more fully in typical childhood activities at home, in school and in the community.
Interested to learn more about this amazing technological device to help a child with foot drop gain independence? Contact the Traverse City orthotics professionals at Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics. We have dedicated over 45 years to developing and delivering quality orthotic and prosthetic services to families in Northern Michigan