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Foot drop? New study on a special shoe.

Pilot Study of Cadence, a Novel Shoe for Patients with Foot Drop

Abstract—Foot Drop is a mobility disorder that limits ankle
dorsiflexion, complicating the swing phase of gait and balance.
It is a common result of a neurological injury or disease such
as stroke, cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis. Here we present
Cadence, a low-cost assistive shoe designed to passively improve
the biomechanics and rhythmicity of gait for people with foot
drop. The shoe reduces the magnitude of scuffing forces when
dragging the foot forward across the ground by using regions
of low-friction material that can retract into the shoe to restore
friction during stance phase. We report the results from a
pilot study of Cadence, which show the biomechanical and
performance effects of the device for five adults with foot drop
due to neurological disorder. In 3 of the 5 subjects, we found
that the shoe immediately improved gait mechanics, speed over
ground, and qualitative gait comfort.

I have a copy of this. I’ll have to email it individually if you’d like to read more. DM me.

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1 month ago

Hi @dominics
I’m interested in this but I’m too much of an old wummin (46😀) to know how to dm you. Is Luddite the right word? Could you send a link please? Cheers!

1 month ago

Anna, you are 5 years younger than me. Make a friend request then send me a message!

1 month ago

@dominics, I’ve tried a variety of AFO’s for my foot drop issue. None of them worked. This could benefit me. Are these available today or are they in trials mode ?


1 month ago

@arknat – I imagine it is a new concept as it is being trialled.

However, have you tried googling around it?

1 month ago

@dominics thanks for this.
I am interested in hearing more.
I find that some shoes/trainers make my food drop worst.

1 month ago

@dominics, googled around but didnt find much other than basic information. Seems like it may not be ready for market. FES is another option I tried pursuing … but unfortunately insurance declined it. I’ve tried to appeal it now.

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