I went for a FES assessment this evening - very scared as I had no idea as to whether it would stimulate the nerve or whether I had too much damage.
Thank goodness - the nerves were not too damaged and the FES got the dorsifexion going. However, there is too much eversion and my foot kicked out way too much despite the wonderful neuro physio doing her best to make tweaks and adjustments.
Even more marvellous, they have loaned me the FES until Thurs morning as I felt I could not proceed to purchase after 30 mins. I do not struggle too much to walk around a room, sometimes with a crutch and sometimes without - so walking around the room with a FES was not a great measure for me as to its success. What I seek - is distance, being able to walk at least 100 feet and in time, dare I say it, half a mile without the dreaded foot fatigue and drag.
Is this too ambitious? Is this possible? Has anyone been able to achieve this with a FES (in time) with a similar starting point to me (i.e. only being able to walk approx 15 foot before the foot fatigue and drag)?
Realistically, if it cannot assist with distance, I cannot afford to take the loan to purchase it - so, please -any advice, guidance or comments would be gladly received.
Now - the other thing, when I tried it, at home, just - my foot was just so tired and the reaction to it was poor - could not heel strike and toe scuffing galore. The physio warned me, that like any orthosis, the use time needs to be built up slowly as its working the nerves and they will fatigue quickly. I am worried as I have to return it on Thurs morning, so I do not really have the time to work up the use slowly.
I also cannot seem to adapt to the exaggerated eversion. Its an Oddstock MyGait.
Hope someone can help