New Technology for MS Patients

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 3:45pm

Sue Wetzel has taught 4 and 5 year-olds for 19 years and when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 9 years ago she developed foot drop.

Sue could not raise the front of her left foot and it caused her to fall a lot which is common with MS patients. She is also the Admissions Director at the school, she gave tours of the campus and that become almost impossible until she read about a new device call the Bioness L300. It is a electrically stimulates her left foot and helps her lift it and then walk more normally.

Orthotist Butch Loveless fitted Wetzel with the Bioness L300 which costs $6,200 dollars. Foot braces are usually used to treat foot drop and the braces have come a long way over the years, but they keep the foot at 90 degrees at all times and make traveling inclines and stairs very difficult.

This new technology is a huge improvement for patients to walk more smoothly than before and have more range of motion and the device also prevents muscle atrophy.

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