The article provides a systematic review of the results of the researches on the effectiveness of the application of functional electrical stimulation (FES) for low extremities during the rehabilitation of patients after stroke. It is considered the effect of using FES on the improvements of walking speed, kinematics and gait symmetry, the ability to overcome obstacles, as well as improvements in the range of ankle movement and foot clearance while walking. In addition, it is discussed the positive impact of FES on muscle tone, on reducing the energy consumption and the risk of falls during walking, increased confidence and comfort of patients when walking with FES. This analysis also considers the speed of patients’ adaptation and their tolerance for FES devices, provides a comparative characteristic of functional electrical stimulation with using other ankle orthoses (AFO).
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