For Walking

The ODFS® Pace is the latest generation lower limb stimulator from Odstock Medical Limited (OML). Developed using the knowledge and experience of clinicians, clinical engineers and device users from the National Clinical FES Centre in Salisbury and clinicians from around the world. The Pace® Stimulator provides reliable clinical technology applicable to the broadest spectrum of clinical presentations.

The new Pace® is both a practical orthosis for everyday use and a powerful clinical tool for neuro-rehabilitation.

This state-of-the-art pocket-sized digital device provides electrical stimulation to the affected leg muscles using self adhesive skin surface electrodes. Muscle contraction helps lift the foot while walking and is controlled and timed to walking by a small switch placed in the shoe.

Can I benefit from an ODFS PACE®?

Dropped foot is a common problem for people following stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy and other conditions where dropped foot is due to problems in the brain or spinal cord.

Some walking ability is needed. Typically the minimum requirements are to be able to stand up from sitting and to walk a minimum of 10 metres using appropriate aids.

The ODFS PACE® will not be appropriate if dropped foot is due to damage to the nerve that runs between the muscle and the spinal cord. This happens when dropped foot is due to damage to the nerves in the lower back following a slipped disc, nerve damage following a traumatic accident or after knee and hip surgery. This also applies in medical conditions such as Polio, Motor Neurone Disease and Guillain-Barré syndrome.

What will happen when I receive the ODFS PACE®?

Procedures will vary depending on your condition and treatment. You will first attend a clinic to assess your suitability for the ODFS PACE®.  At this appointment a physical examination will be made and the ODFS PACE® tested. If it is thought that ODFS PACE® is beneficial, you will be asked to attend again to set up the system for longer term use. Follow up assessments are usually held at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and then yearly. The clinic sessions normally take about one hour.

Clinical trials and clinical audits have demonstrated significant benefits from using an ODFS PACE®. Walking is made Safer (reduced trips/falls), Faster (improved speed of walking) and More Efficient (reduced walking effort) leading to a more active and independent lifestyle.

From the UK NICE Guidelines:

NICE – N1733 and N1734:

  • “1.1.Current evidence on the safety and efficacy (in terms of improving gait) of functional electrical stimulation (FES) for drop foot of central neurological origin appears adequate to support the use of this procedure provided that normal arrangements are in place for clinical governance, consent and audit.”
  • “This procedure can be offered routinely as a treatment option for people with drop foot caused by damage to the brain or spinal cord, provided that doctors are sure that:

–      the patient understands what is involved and agrees to the treatment, and

–      the results of the procedure are monitored.”