Devices

There are several devices currently on the market that are suitable for use with children and young people. These devices have been used either in research or in clinical practice and are available in Australia (with the relevant TGA approvals).

XFT G3

XFT G3

The XFT G3 is a single channel Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) device for the ankle dorsiflexors. It is a low profile, lightweight and user friendly device that is strapped to the leg under the knee.

 

Features:

  • An automatic setting (SMART mode) making it easy to use for the first time.
  • Remote control enabling gradual changes in settings to suit each individual.  
  • Tilt sensor to trigger the stimulation at the correct time.
  • Several different electrodes sizes and materials available.
  • Lightweight and slim fit - so it can be worn under pants.
  • USB port charging.
  • Pre-programmable exercise mode.

 

Things to consider:

  • You need the remote to make any changes. This includes the intensity setting (amplitude). The wearer may need to carry the remote with them to adjust the intensity throughout the day.
  • Comes with only one adaptor for charging.

 

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The WalkAide System

Walk Aide

  • The WalkAide is a single channel Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) device for the ankle dorsiflexors. It is a device that is strapped to the leg under the knee.

 

Features:

  • Battery operated
  • Easily adjustable settings through a bluetooth connection to software on the computer.
  • Intensity of the stimulation is easily adjusted using the dial on the device itself.  
  • Has the option of using either the inbuilt tilt sensor or heel sensor to trigger the stimulation. This enables optimal individual adjustments depending on how the user walks.
  • Several different electrodes sizes and materials available.
  • Paediatric cuff available.
  • Usage log monitors daily use.
  • Pre-programmable exercise mode.

Things to consider:

  • The cuff and device itself can be somewhat bulky for some children making it difficult to wear under pants.
  • The intensity dial is very accessible so some children may need supervision when wearing it.
  • Any specific adjustments for timing of stimulation need to be made through a separate device that is also connected to a computer.

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Bioness L300

Bioness L300

  • The L300 Foot Drop System a single channel Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) device for the ankle dorsiflexors. It is a device that is strapped to the leg under the knee.   

 

Features:

  • 3D Motion detection - forwards, backwards and sideways and leg rotation making it adaptive to different environments
  • Learning algorithm
  • Home user app available
  • Quick start fitting mode
  • Bluetooth programming
  • No foot sensor required - Optional foot sensor

Things to consider:

  • The cuff and device itself can be somewhat bulky for some children making it difficult to wear under pants.

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