Fixing Foot Drop Video

It's a debilitating problem that impacts thousands of people who've suffered a stroke. Foot drop means a person can't pick up her foot because of weakness or paralysis. Meet the mother of a famous athlete and see how a one-of-a-kind device is help...
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Fixing Foot Drop Melissa Medley: Linda Vonn isn’t reading just any magazine, her daughter Grace is the cover. Linda Vonn: This was her dream since she was eight. Melissa Medley: She is the proud mom of Olympic gold medalist skier Lindsey Vonn. Linda Vonn: Lindsey is just one example of what hard work can do. Melissa Medley: That work ethic runs in the family but for years Linda’s foot drop held her back. She had a stroke while giving birth to Lindsey. The nerves in her foot an ankle never recovered. Linda Vonn: This muscle didn’t any inner impulses from my brain at all. With the foot drop you -- oh, it would catch my toe. So it’s dangerous. Melissa Medley: She has a smoother, faster step now thanks to a device designed just for her. Roger Wagner: The perennial nerves of that nerves that we’re after here. Melissa Medley: Computer software pin points Linda’s perennial nerve, those measurements are transmitted through blue tooth technology into cuff she wears while walking. Instead of a one size fits all device practitioners’ line up the electrodes exactly with Linda’s nerve. They deliver the electrical signal that tells her foot to pick up. Roger Wagner: The placement of the electron is unique to everyone. Melissa Medley: Each patient has a tiny permanent mark telling them were her cuff should go. Roger Wagner: It’s very critical to get it exactly where it needs to be. Melissa Medley: Helping Linda is where she needs to be. Female: This might be the best lawn that we seen in sometime from Lindsey Vonn. Melissa Medley: Cheering on her champion daughter on the slopes on screen. Lindsey Vonn: Maybe someone can help you find that teacher. Melissa Medley: And even on a cereal box. Linda Vonn: It's hard to believe she’s my daughter. Melissa Medley: I'm Melissa Medley reporting.

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