What is FES?
Functional electrical stimulation is one treatment for drop foot. The machine stimulates the nerves that lift the foot. This can be used in therapy where the therapist controls the machine to turn on when the foot needs to lift up during walking.
How can this help my walking?
When used in therapy, it can be used to retrain the muscle to lift the foot at the right time. This can prevent falls and build confidence. Most falls occur because the foot does not lift enough to clear the ground when taking a step. The more the muscle is stimulated while walking the better the chances for the muscle to learn how to work on its own.