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Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)

FES is an alternative orthotic device. It is used to help correct drop foot. It helps to facilitate ankle dorsiflexion by inducing tibialis anterior muscle contraction through electrical stimulation.

This in turn helps to ensure there is enough dorsiflexion during swing to improve toe clearance. FES has been shown to help patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy and spinal injuries.

When you are referred for FES you will attend an initial appointment to test whether FES is suitable for you. This includes a clinic examination to see your ankle joint ranges and spasticity. It is also used to see if FES works for you.

If FES is suitable for you, your next appointment will be your fitting of the device. This involves the clinician showing you all the steps of how to set up the device and use and  provides you with the consumables.

After your fitting you will then have review appointments at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months after fitting and then annually.

The device can be worn on a belt or clipped to the top of trousers and the wires go down the side of the leg. A foot switch is worn inside the shoe to time the start and end of the stimulation, ensuring activation occurs whilst the foot is off the floor.


Contact us

Telephone: 01332 258 159
Email: dhft.gaitandfes@nhs.net


Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.