Interventions for mobility problems, such as drop-foot, include many products and rehabilitation strategies, but there is little sound information about how different treatment options affect individuals’ movement in their daily lives. This study compares the effects of different orthotic solutions for drop-foot on the quality of walking movement. Participants will use multiple different orthoses for up to several weeks. During at-home use participants will wear a set of advanced wearable sensors that monitor your movement and location. The researchers will use this information to determine how different orthoses can best help improve mobility for different people.
Participants will have the opportunity to use two different orthotic solutions, a functional electrical stimulation system and a carbon fiber ankle-foot orthosis.
In order to collect data for our study, participants will wear three sensors, shown below. One connected to the orthotic solutions shown above and one on each of their shoes, in a pouch connected to their shoe laces.
Participants will also be asked to install an app onto their phones in order to log their GPS location. The app will store location data locally on the phone and the research team will download the log at the end of the study.
Here are some things to keep in mind before signing up to participate in our study: