Foot Controls for Power Mobility with ALS Patients
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) can present with some real challenges for clinicians and wheelchair & seating specialists when patients loose arm function and head control is impaired or absent. When lower extremity and foot control are maintained, Permobil’s foot control for power mobility provides ease of driving when ALS patients can no longer use a proportional joystick with their hands due to loss of upper extremity function, or do not have the ability to use a head array or chin control due to loss of head/neck strength. All power wheelchair and power seating functions can be controlled through this foot control. This system is easy to learn for patients when they are already used to using a standard proportional joystick with their hands. It is also easy to learn for those who are new to power mobility.