Validation of the ‘Gait Up’ gait analysis system with people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who use FES for the correction of dropped foot

Gait Up is equipping Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust with the Gait Analysis Package to study people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The main objective of the study is to validate the use of Physilog® inertial sensors against the Vicon® optical marker system. Vicon® systems are considered the biomechanics measurement industry “gold standard”, yet are prohibitively expensive to measure large populations. This study will evaluate the suitability of Physilog® to measure gait in the population of people with MS (about 127,000 in the UK), and it’s subsequent use to investigate the effectiveness of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for MS related dropped foot.

Approximately 20 participants will be enrolled in the study, stratified by walking speed and use of FES. Data collection will be performed at Salisbury, simultaneously with Physilog® and Vicon®, then compared in post processing.

The study will begin participant enrollment in February 2017 and run for approximately 6 months.

 

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