RESEARCH PROJECT – Patient Shirley Ostertag (left) demonstrates to News Channel 8’s Jocelyn Maminta (right) the movement she has been able to achieve with the Anklebot®. The Mandell MS Center at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital is one of three centers in the country that have developed a research project to evaluate the potential use of the computerized robot assistive device for patients who are experiencing foot drop.
Photo by Joe Driscoll
How It Works
The Mandell MS Center at Mount Sinai is currently conducting research on a computerized device called the Anklebot®, which is intended to help patients with diseases such as multiple sclerosis cope with foot drop.
“This is one of the building blocks that will help people regain the ability to walk,” says Dr. Krug. “We believe that it may reduce muscle spasms, improve range of motion and joint position awareness, with the ultimate goal of facilitating the ability to walk.”
Under the leadership of Albert Lo, M.D., Ph.D., the Center’s Research Director, the Mandell Center is one of only three centers in the country conducting research on the Anklebot. In this study, patients sit in front of a computer screen wearing a special shoe and brace connected to the Anklebot device which helps them manipulate a cursor on the screen with their foot and ankle to complete a video game.
“Patients are very enthusiastic about their participation in the project because they feel they are contributing to research focused on MS symptom management,” observes Jennifer Fawcett, Exercise Physiologist and the Center’s Research Coordinator.
More participants are being sought for the study. Interested individuals should call 860-714-2149.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, a stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, about 795,000 people suffer a stroke. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and every three minutes someone dies of a stroke.
Today, robotic-assisted devices are paving the way for stroke patients to recover and regain mobility faster through computerized therapy. The "Anklebot"® is an excellent example of this new capability. The device extends to increase the functionality of a patient's lower extremities, controlling stability as a patient walks. In other words, the Anklebot does the legwork.
Currently, the Anklebot is being used at the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, a Saint Francis Care provider, as a research tool to study its effects on stroke patients. (number of patients) patients have been using the Anklebot since (how many months/year?) So far, the results have been extraordinary. With the aid of the Anklebot, stroke patients are learning to regain mobility at a much faster rate than without the device.