Summer 2011
Foot Drop Therapy

Retrain Your Muscles to Take a Step in the Right Direction

If you’ve been diagnosed with foot drop, you know how challenging it can be to take a simple step. You may have trouble lifting the front part of your foot. Or you may notice your foot drags on the floor, slaps down or feels floppy when you walk.

Foot drop can happen when muscles below the knee are weakened due to a neurological injury or condition.

Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers therapy now includes the WalkAide for certain types of foot drop. Compact and easy to use, the WalkAide stimulates the muscles that lift the foot during walking. The small battery-operated device has no external wires and, unlike some leg braces, can be worn under clothing, with nearly all types of shoes or even barefoot.

“Patients using the WalkAide are amazed at how much longer they are able to walk without the fear of dragging their foot with every step,” says Lisa Vallera, PT. “They are now able to wear the shoes of their choice, walk for longer periods of time over various surfaces and feel less fatigued when they walk—giving them increased independence and increased quality of life.”

Foot drop can affect
people who have
  • Stroke that affected a lower extremity (legs, feet)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy

To begin working with a therapist certified in gait training and the WalkAide System, please speak with your doctor or call 203-380-4672 for more information about Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers.