I had an FES supplied by the Neurological Team in Queen Sq, London and I have now had it for a couple of weeks.
Its wonderful, able to walk more naturally after using a MuSmate for several years and an Ankle-Foot Orthosis fo 15 months. At the moment it allows me to lift the front of my foot. Later on I will have a second channel because I also have leg drop.
All fine and dandy but there are a couple of things that frustrate the hell out of me. The wire that goes to the heel of the shoe is almost too short and the unit used to join the wires together is not terribly good at keeping the wires together.
Another problem has been finding the right position to place the electrodes on the area just below the knee. It all looked so easy when it was done for the first time. I drew little squares around the electrodes and pictures taken with my phone. This morning it took me over half an hour to get theelectrodes set into the correct position. I knew it was adjacent to a bony knuckle on my knee. Now that I have found the correct place a photo of the electrodes with my finger of the bony knuckle.
Don’t get me wrong, I would not want to be without it. A little bit more thought in the design and setup would be a very good idea, time well sent.
Does anyone else have a FES and how do they find it?