MyGait dorsiflexion assist stimulator
The surface stimulator for dorsiflexor weakness
A step forward
MyGait activates the fibular nerve from the outside in case of dorsiflexor weakness. This is done using functional electrical stimulation (FES). Your foot is lifted again. This can make walking much easier and conserve your strength, since movements become more natural and you have to concentrate less on walking.
The dorsiflexion assist stimulator can be used in the early phases of rehabilitation. The new MyGait textile cuff is especially discreet beneath clothing.
MyGait can be donned with just one hand, which is especially useful when one side of the body is paralysed.
The stimulator is the central control and stimulation device and generates electrical stimulation via the electrodes applied to the skin.
Magnetic clip fastener
Magnetic clip fastener ensures straightforward application and release of the cuff.
The heel switch is worn in a sock fabricated especially for this purpose, which only encompasses the posterior section of the foot. You can walk virtually barefoot. The heel switch recognises when you touch the ground and what walking phase you are in. It transmits information to the stimulator wirelessly which then triggers lifting of the foot at the right moment. Using the sock and the MyGait heel switch, FES-supported walking is also possible without shoes.
High level of wearer comfort
Breathable non-slip material is both comfortable and adapts perfectly to the contours of the leg.
The Cuff Soft is easy to use, slim and particularly comfortable to wear. It is designed for either left or right, in a breathable, soft material and optimal fit.
Benefits at a glance
Look ahead again
Natural movement patterns are much easier for many users with MyGait. They can walk faster and are able to cover longer distances. Functional electrical stimulation (FES) has been proven to improve safety while walking. Patients also report that they are able to climb stairs and walk on uneven surfaces. But most importantly of all, many users no longer have to concentrate as much on every single step. Their foot lifts at the right moment, leaving the mind free for new thoughts and impressions.
Fast to deploy
With just one hand – MyGait is easy to put on. The precise positioning of the surface stimulator on the lower leg will be explained to you by your medical specialist or orthotist. The heel switch is secured under the heel with the special sock. Communication between the cuff and heel switch is wireless without any need for cables.
From the early rehabilitation phase
You can easily try out the surface stimulator with the help of a therapist, doctor or orthotist. This allows you to quickly determine whether functional electrical stimulation (FES) is the ideal solution for you. MyGait is suitable for gait training, especially during early rehabilitation. MyGait also trains the lower leg musculature – and strong muscles make walking even easier.
In addition to the dorsiflexor muscles, another muscle group e.g. on the thigh can also be stimulated with MyGait. This makes it possible to give additional support for walking, for example with knee extension or hip flexion. With what is known as the adjustment tool, your orthotist or therapist can influence the exact movements as well. This is used for example to determine the stimulation intensity and duration.
This is how the foot is lifted
Key elements of MyGait are the heel switch and stimulator. They work together to lift the foot.
1. The sensor in the heel switch is activated when the heel is lifted.
2. The heel switch sends a radio signal to the stimulator.
3. The stimulator sends electrical signals to the nerve via electrodes.
4. The foot is lifted.
Four technological steps to take one step – they happen so fast that you almost cannot notice them. The signal to lift the foot comes from MyGait surface stimulator instead of the central nervous system (CNS).
What the physiotherapist says
Esther Bruecker is a physiotherapist and trainer for neurostimulation at the Ottobock Academy in Vienna. She tells us:
"It is always fascinating to see the patient and observe how he or she walks with MyGait. Some advantages of the MyGait are that there are no wires to bother the user and that it is possible to climb stairs and walk on uneven ground. It also allows leg movement in the stance phase; the ankle is not restricted."
The stimulation system facilitates dorsiflexion of the ankle in patients with foot drop resulting from illness or injury to the upper motor neuron (for example due to a stroke, brain trauma, multiple sclerosis, central paralysis or incomplete spinal cord injuries). During the swing phase, electric stimulation induces dorsiflexion of the affected leg, thus improving the patient's gait pattern. The stimulation system can prevent or delay atrophy caused by inactivity, maintain or improve the range of motion in the joints and promote local blood circulation.
Using the MyGait requires your fibular nerve to be intact. Only then can it be stimulated. As a rule, the cause of dorsiflexor weakness is that the central nervous system is no longer able to stimulate the fibular nerve.
Cost coverage depends on your health insurer. We therefore recommend obtaining confirmation prior to a fitting. MyGait is also available to rent, please contact Ottobock Asutalia for detailed information.
The electrostimulation level is adjusted according to your body. It depends on several factors, such as the conductivity of your skin and your general body structure. You only feel a prickling on the skin. If you feel pain, please contact your therapist.
No. Orthopaedic footwear is generally not required. You can even go barefoot. In order to position the heel switch, all you have to wear is the special sock.
In order to ensure that you can use the MyGait all day, we recommend charging the stimulator every night. If you sit for an extended period, for example in a theatre or café, you can switch the device to sleep mode to reduce the energy consumption of the stimulator.
The MyGait sock is machine washable on a normal cycle at 40°C. Please clean the remaining components such as the cuff and electrode pad by hand.
The MyGait stimulator, heel switch and remote control are resistant to splashed water.