Robotic ‘exosuit’ fixes stride after stroke

“‘People who have had a stroke have trouble with dorsiflexion, or foot clearance,’ says Terry Ellis, a physical therapy professor at the Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College; they have a reduced ability to bend their ankle and lift their foot. When they try to plant their heel on the ground to walk, they instead ‘drag their toes and their foot gets caught.’ The exosuit counteracts that issue by retracting the cable attached to the shoe’s tongue, applying a small amount of force to bring the toes up. When the wearer needs to take a step forward, the rear cable contracts to ensure their foot pushes off the ground, a movement called plantar flexion.” Read the Full Article. 

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