I’ve had foot slap with my left foot for nearly two years. I was given an AFO, which doesn’t help - it just immobilises the ankle. Then I was given an FES unit to strengthen the muscles. (The neuro-physiotherapist and I decided against a walking unit.) Initially I just used it on the soleus muscle at the side of the calf, to lift the foot. Recently she had me start using it on the gastrocnemius at the back of the calf, to lift the heel/ point the toes. This was added because I mentioned that my left foot doesn’t point as much as the right foot when I’m going down stairs.
So much for the background. My issue is this: the FES doesn’t seem to be helping. I don’t have any trouble lifting my foot. I can stand on tiptoe and point my foot, although I have to concentrate on this when going down stairs. The issue is in controlling the foot as it comes down when I step forward on to it. I’ve tried doing foot raises, and the motion is very jerky when I lower the left foot. I’ve also tried doing circles with my feet. The right foot does smooth circles, the left foot does polygons.
My next appointment with the neuro-physiotherapist is in September. My question is how long should I keep using a device that doesn’t seem to be helping?