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XFT-2001 FES Foot Drop System


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  1. Alleviates symptoms of foot drop
  2. Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) technology
  3. Gait mode stimulates muscles to lift foot with each step
  4. Traning mode strengthens and rehabilitates nerves and muscles
  5. Must be used in conjunction with a clinician or physiotherapist.

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Foot drop makes walking laboured and unbalancedThe XFT-2001 Foot Drop System is a pioneering home-treatment device designed to alleviate drop foot in people with upper motor neurone conditions.

What Is Foot Drop?

Foot drop is the inability to lift the foot and toes properly when walking due to paralysis or weakness in the muscles on the top side of the foot. This makes it difficult for the sufferer to fully lift their foot up when talking a step, causing them to drag their toes along the ground. This scuffing of the toes affects their gait (the way they walk) and balance, making walking even short distances incredibly tiring and with the risk of stumbles and falls.

There are a number of different conditions which cause foot drop, all of which affect the motor nerves and reduce muscle function. The motor nerves carry impulses from the central nervous system which triggers muscles to contract, so if these nerves are damaged it results in paralysis of the muscles. The most common conditions which result in foot drop include:

  1. Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  2. Stroke
  3. Cerebral Palsy
  4. Muscular Dystrophy
  5. Myositis
  6. Acquired Peripheral Neuropathy
  7. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  8. Nerve damage below the knee
  9. Motor Neurone Disease
  10. Spinal Stenosis

Foot Drop Treatments

One of the most common ways to manage foot drop in the UK is with ankle-foot orthosis, a hard, plastic brace that supports the foot and ankle to hold it upright at all times and prevent the toes from scuffing the ground with each step. Although this helps to some degree it doesn’t correct gait or help to strengthen and rehabilitate weak muscles, and it still means that walking is laboured and unbalanced. Plus, when worn for long periods of time these braces have been known to cause chafing and soreness as the plastic rubs against the skin, even when worn with socks.

The most effective treatment for foot drop is Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES). FES is a type of Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS). This is where the nerves and muscles that control muscles on the top of the foot are stimulated with electrical impulses. The nerves are stimulated when the patient lifts the affected leg from the ground so that the muscles contract and flex the foot upwards, preventing the toes from scraping on the ground.

FES can be undertaken by implanting electrodes into the skin via surgery, or alternatively by applying self-adhesive electrodes on the surface of the skin which connect to a battery-operated stimulator.

FES for Foot Drop has been fully approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Despite this, the treatment is not readily available throughout the UK due to budget restrictions in certain health authorities. Just like many other expensive medical treatments, it’s a bit of a postcode lottery as to whether or not FES will be available to you.

Now though FES technology is available to use at home via the XFT-2001 Foot Drop System, an advanced medical device that is simple to use and incredibly effective in overcoming foot drop.

Xft-2001 Foot Drop System allows people with stroke and MS to walk with natural gait

How Does the XFT-2001 Foot Drop System work?

Self-adhesive skin electrodes are placed over the peroneal nerves at the top of the lower leg. A cuff is then wrapped over the top to connect them to a Functional Stimulation Unit. A wireless foot sensor is then placed in the shoe of the affected foot.

When the user takes a step and lifts their heel the sensor uses Bluetooth technology to notify the Stim Unit to apply a mild electrical impulse via the skin electrodes. This impulse stimulates the nerves, causing the muscles in the foot to contract. This causes the foot to flex upwards (dorsiflexion) and tilt slightly (eversion) in order to lift the toes up and prevent them dragging against the floor.

This improves balance and means that the ankle is supported when the foot hits the ground once again. Each step is less laboured, making the user’s ability to walk much easier, more comfortable and faster.

Plus, using FES technology for long periods of time helps to strengthen weak muscles and rehabilitate damaged nerves as it retrains the entire leg. With the exception of degenerative conditions such as MS, users will find that with time the severity of their foot drop will improve and they will be able to walk without the device and their muscles will naturally work to lift the foot.

This process is aided by the Training function on the Stim Unit. In Training mode the XFT-2001 will deliver targeted, persistent stimulation to exercise the muscles and make them stronger. There are five Training levels to choose from, each different depending on the existing strength of the muscles. The user will be able to slowly increase the intensity of their Training session to speed up the rehabilitation process.

Who Can Use the XFT-2001 Foot Drop System?

The XFT-2001 Foot Drop System can only be used in conjunction with your clinician or physiotherapist. The device has a simple and accessible interface which makes it easy to use at home once it has been set up and adjusted for you the medical professional treating you. A medical expert will know your existing muscle tone and level of nerve damage and be able to show you where to place the electrodes for the most effective treatment. They will also be able to support you during training sessions in order to help you work towards recovery.

The XFT-2001 is suitable for anyone who has upper motor neuron lesions as a result of Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s disease, brain injury or spinal cord injury. Upper Motor Neuron lesions are when there is nerve damage within the brain or spinal cord.

Please note that the XFT-2001 is not suitable for lower motor neuron lesions including Poliomyelitis (Polio) Guillian-Barre Syndrome, peripheral nerve lesions and Motor Neuron disease. This is because the nerve running from the spinal cord to the muscle is damaged and electrical stimulation will not work on these damaged nerves. If you are unsure whether the XFT-2001 is suitable for you ask your doctor, clinician or physiotherapist.

Foot drop is most commonly found in the left foot but it can occur in the right foot also; please select ‘Left’ or ‘Right’ when purchasing as the design of the cuff and foot sensor differs slightly for each. Some people can experience drop foot in both legs and if this is the case you may wish to use an XFT-2001 on both feet, which is perfectly fine. Your physiotherapist or clinician should advise you on this.

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I was sceptical, as I have tried other methods of improving my gait (I have MS and hence foot drop) Review by Alan
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I was sceptical, as I have tried other methods of improving my gait (I have MS and hence foot drop). I had tried other brands of FES at the local hospital, but this appeared better value for money, (it is!!) and has transformed my walking almost immediately. The brand offered by the hospital was double the price, and I would have been saving for weeks more to afford it. The XFT-2001 works, and for that it is worth every penny, and through Stress-no-more I got it significantly sooner. Thank you

alan (Posted on 23 August 2014)
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very pleased - much better than an expensive alternative Review by Paul F
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Have a brain stem tumour and recently had a bad experience with an alternative FES supplier for a device that is supposed to be one of the market leaders - ended up requesting a refund due to it being mis-sold The XFT-2001 is a better device in my view and more than a third of the price - comes with all items neatly packed in a smart case with spare pads and clear instructions - the pads take a little while to get in the right place but once they are correct the device is very simple to use for walking or training mode - the transmitter attached to the shoe is visible at times and the calf cuff makes jeans etc quite tight around your leg but it is a very good device and ultimately good value - walking is easier and the device works exactly as sold (Posted on 6 February 2016)
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Fitting essential Review by Bob C
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I was unable to get this working for me without the help of a Physiotherapist. For me it was more difficult that I had envisaged as the placement of the pads is crucial. When fitted properly it is satisfactory.
Bob C (Posted on 10 August 2016)
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Product Questions

Is it possible to try the device before buying?
I have tried the NHS similar version before and presently use a stimulation exerciser for dorsiflexion, therefore know where to place the electrode pads. With this in mind would this be a straightforward purchase and set up that I can do myself?

Also could you advice if this comes with a 12 month warranty or longer? Is it possible to get an extended warranty from companies do you know? If not, if the machine became faulty after the warranty period would it be possible to get it repaired (at consumer cost) or would I need to purchase the whole item again?
Can you use this on a six year old who has mild CP on her right side. My daughter can only put her heal down if holding her toes up with am elastic band. Thanking you. Mary
I have MS with foot drop on my left leg. Would it be possible to "try the system before we buy" ? I had experimented with a similar, though much more primitive device on the NHS in the past with little success. I could not invest a lot of money in something that may not work at all. Please could you give me a straight answer. Many thanks, Zsolt
Sir,5 weeks ago I underwent surgery for lumber stenosis,1-5 vertibra.Do you consider any product could assist with dropfoot which I have in both feet.I have had this condition in my left foot for quite a long time.Could you possibly advise please.Mr .Thank you.Mr D Higgs.

I am considering the purchase of the XFT 2001 FES device. I have a spinal Injury which makes walking difficult. I live in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 . Do you have a register of qualified physiotherapists in my area or advise on the qualification such a person should have before I employ their services.

Many Thanks

Jeanette Sykes
Please advise of a list of approved clinicians in the Mill Hill area of London who would be able to fit this device on to my husband, who has had a stroke.
Many thanks
Do you do a trial of this? My stroke was 5.5 years ago, I've never use one so don't know if it'll help.
Can you tell me if there are any fitting centres near me in dundee Scotland
I would like to know if there is warranty on this item? if so how long is the warranty?
also is this unit waterproof? many thanks.
Can you supply a foot switch with the Bluetooth "white box" for the XFT-2001 system you supplied to me recently? If so, with a price and delivery please.

Can a dual control FES be purchased to assist drop foot in both legs, or do you need to purchase two.
I have Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and have used a FES from my local hospital, however I had to replace the electrodes every 1-2 weeks, how often do I need to replace the extrudes on the device shown?
Dear Sie/Madam,

Are you ofering triers as well,or helping to establish the stystem?


Hi. I have a xft-2001 that worked very well for a short time. Then one morning I set up unit as usual and it didn't work. The control unit seems to be okay. When I set on the gait mode and press the button I get a normal stimulation.. When I set it on training mode it stimulates about the same as it did when I first got it. I tried operating the foot switdh with my hand but it seems like the switch was not operating.
I purchased a new foot switch last month. Received it a few days ago but it still acts like the old switch. When i lift my heel I don't get any stimulation. It act like the switch is in the closed position all the time.
Is there any way I can find the problem. What is your policy of checking switch and replacing if it is not operation like it was designed?
Please email back your answer on what I should do with my unit. I loved it when it worked
Tom Rulffes ([email protected])

i had a massve stroke aged 47 two and a half years ago. i still walk poorly because of drop foot, would the XFT-2001 FES system work for me i am on a limited income so have approached my GP for funding although this is far from guaranteed. also my arm/hand has very little function too so was wondering if you could recommend anything to help? many thanks
I suffer with a bad back, L4,L5,S1. My spine was operated on many yrs ago but still suffer a lot of and was also told that I suffer from Lower facet joint disease. I also suffer from APS (Hughes sydrome), and Im just getting over another PE and spent a week in hospital. I cannot lay down at all, so I sleep sitting up so when I got home from the hospital and got onto my chair and my legs was helped up (by my carer), I could not bring my left foot towards me but I could bend it downwards. I phoned my GP and she said that I could have a Drop foot, but she told me to leave it another week and see if it rectifies itself if not she will send me to the Neuro hospital in Queens Sq, London. Ive been getting burning sensation in both hips and spine, would this be something to do with it?
Thank you
I am presently living in Northampton over on holiday from Australia. I will be here for 3 months. Is there somewhere I can try the device before purchase?
Hi How do I find out if XFT-2001 is suitable for me. I have foot drop,
is there some were I can go to be tested.
Hi. Do you know if this is suitable for someone who has suffered from Cauda Equina Syndrome please?
-1 this product available for the left leg? If not when will it be available if you know?

Also...what is the satisfaction policy?
Can the XFT-2001 be used on arms following cervical laminectomy and duraplasty
I have a patient who wishes to buy the blue cuff for the xft 2001 only, not the stimulator as he already has the stimulator. Do you have a price for it please ?
Can the electro pad be connected to the cuff first then the cuff be placed on leg
I had a stroke and have foot drop, sorprende. Please contact me, i reside in the USA.
Thank you
Octavio Calvillo
I have a left drop foot following a stroke in August 2014. I am interested in your product . Do have a facility to demonstrate you product before purchasing? Is there sale or return policy in case the product is not helpful?
Is the foot switch wireless and do the electro pads sit inside the cuff and could I do it up with one hand as I have a right cave whic means I have no use in my left arm and leg so only the right arm to put this on with is it something I could manage on my own
I had a stroke in the spinal cord about seven years ago resulting in right sided weakness, especially in the core muscle area and the leg, drop foot..With the leg I can perform squats reasonably well but the leg weakness is more notable when doing leg extensions. If I could do 50kg with my left leg I would struggle with 5kg using my right leg. I do have a brace and in all logic it should improve matters but I fail to notice any notable improvement. I was accepted for tests by a hospital in Salisbury, in the early days, to try out FES all I needed was my GPs agreement but I think I must of had the wrong post code. My question is, due to the length of time since it occurred and no matter how much excercise I perform with my right leg, it's still as it was on day one will this product be of any help to me.
Where is your office located in London and what are the opening hours and telephone hours
Hi, my husband suffered a stroke 10 years ago, he now constantly falls over, because he can not lift his left leg. Because the device is very expensive, do you let your customers have a free trial before purchasing.

Thank you for your attention
My dad has foot drop from having his sciatica nerve cut during a hip replacement would this be dutiable for his foot drop
I would like to order this product XFT-2001 for my son who is 5 years old. Is this suitable for kids or this is only for adults? Also do you deliver this to India?
Will this work if you have had a spinal injury