FROM HEAD TRAUMA TO STROKE TO M-S.
A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS CONDITION CAN STRIKE PEOPLE WITH THESE AND OTHER PROBLEMS.
IT'S CALLED FOOT DROP AND IT AFFECTS THE FEET AND MAKES EVERY STEP A STRUGGLE.
NOW A "SHOCKING" NEW DEVICE CAN HELP PEOPLE STAY ON THEIR FEET AND OUT OF WHEELCHAIRS.
WE WALK AN AVERAGE OF THREE TO FIVE THOUSAND STEPS EVERY DAY! FOR PEOPLE LIKE CHARLES, LINDA AND DENINA, EACH STEP IS LITERALLY A DRAG.
"I'll start dragging that right foot pretty good."
"It's very frustrating."
"It's like picking up dead weight."
ALL THREE HAVE FOOT DROP, A CONDITION CAUSED BY UNDERLYING NEUROLOGICAL, MUSCULAR OR ANATOMICAL PROBLEMS THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO WALK.
METHODIST HOSPITAL DOCTOR JENNY LAI SAYS IT PUTS PATIENTS AT RISK FOR NASTY FALLS.
"And they're coming in with head injuries or broken hips."
TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME...
THESE THREE ARE TRYING THE BIONESS IT STRAPS ON THE THIGHS AND LEGS AND SENDS ELECTRICAL STIMULATION TO MUSCLES AND NERVES.
"The device will help you to lift up your ankle and to move forward."
YOU CAN SEE HOW LINDA DRAGS HER LEFT FOOT WHILE SHE WALKS. WITH THE BIONESS THE DRAG IS ALL BUT GONE!
"I don't feel the tightness in my muscles."
DENINA AND CHARLES NOTICE A DIFFERENCE TOO.
"I feel it bending, help bending the knee."
"It wasn't like a miracle or anything, but it was easier."
("I can really tweak it to make it work for you.")
SOME YOU-TUBE VIDEOS HIGHLIGHT ALMOST INSTANT CHANGES. THIS ONE CLAIMS TO SHOW A WOMAN GOING FROM THIS TO THIS IN A MATTER OF 30 MINUTES WITH THE DEVICE.
WHILE OUR PATIENTS DIDN'T SEE LIFE-CHANGING RESULTS DURING THEIR FIRST SESSION.
"I think I'll give it another try."
"I definitely feel it's a plus."
DOCTOR LAI SAYS IT CAN TAKE UP TO EIGHT SESSIONS FOR PATIENTS TO GET THE BEST RESULTS.
SHE TELLS US BESIDES A FOOT SPLINT OR SURGERY THERE AREN'T MANY OTHER TREATMENTS FOR FOOT DROP.
SHE TELLS US ABOUT 50-PERCENT OF PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANIES COVER THE BIONESS, BUT AT THIS POINT MEDICARE DOES NOT.