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New Device to Help Those with Cerebral Palsy Walk

An article in The Chicago Tribune reports that there is a new device to help those with multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy to walk.  Many such people have a problem called foot drop.  A person with foot drop is unable to raise the front part of the foot up while walking causing the foot to drag and often trip the person.  This results from an injury to the peroneal nerve which controls the upward and downward movement of the front part of the foot.  The treatment for this has usually been a brace which fits inside the shoe and keeps the foot at a 90 degree angle.

Now, a new device, called the WalkAide, sends electrical signals to the peroneal nerve telling the muscles to raise the foot up at the appropriate time while walking.

Cerebral palsy can result from medical malpractice during birth.  If you would like your situation reviewed -- consultation is free --  contact the lawyers at Berger & Lagnese.