Each year, 270,000 people suffer a stroke in Germany. About 200,000 of those cases are first-time strokes. Strokes are usually caused by cerebral hemorrhage or cerebral infarcation. One year after the stroke, about 50% of stroke patients are still restricted with regards to their mobility and cognition, and are in need of assistance.
Among the common consequences of a stroke are hemiplegia and sensory disorder in arms and legs. Peroneal palsy of the lower extremities is also a typical symptom. The lacking activity of the dorsiflexion muscles results in a pes equinus position of the foot, which may coincide with a supine foot position. To compensate for this, patients will often lift the knee excessively when walking, in order not to drag the tip of the foot along the floor. This results in a highly unphysiological gait pattern.
An AFO like the DorsalEx with a posterior upright will compensate for the peroneal palsy and help the patient regain a physiological gait pattern. Both the risk of falling and the energy cost decrease significantly. AFOs from Teufel can be adjusted individually, they can be worn unobtrusively and they offer a high level of comfort to patients.