The apparatus that we have devised for the prevention and relief of foot drop consists of three parts:
1. A foot piece of molded plaster in which is fixed a wooden crosspiece.
2. Moleskin adhesive, which is attached to the leg and serves as an anchor.
3. Rubber bands, by means of which the foot piece is attached to the adhesive.
The foot piece is made by using several thicknesses of plaster bandage of proper width and length to conform to the sole of the foot. At about 1 cm. proximal to the ball of the great toe the wooden crosspiece, which can be conveniently made by binding two tongue depressors together with adhesive, is incorporated in the plaster so that the ends protrude from the sides of foot piece. These protruding ends serve as points of attachment for the rubber bands.
The use of the adhesive does not need