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1. FES of the common peroneal nerve has been used to enhance ankle dorsiflexion during the swing phase of gait.

2. Although weak ankle dorsiflexion with plantar flexion hypertonicity is typically corrected by an ankle foot orthosis, FES may be a suitable alternative for highly motivated patients who are able to walk independently or with minimal assistance.

3. There is growing evidence that FES combined with gait training improves hemiplegic gait.

4. Canadian Best Practice Guidelines: FES should be used to improve strength and function (gait) in selected patients, but the effects may not be sustained (Evidence Level: Early – Level A; Late – Level A)


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Ⓒ A. Manickam 2018

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