What is WalkAide?
WalkAide is a revolutionary FDA cleared medical device that leverages functional electrical stimulation (FES) to improve walking ability of adults and children living with foot drop caused by upper motor neuron injuries/conditions such as:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Stroke (CVA)
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)
- Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP)
What is Foot Drop?
Foot Drop or Dropped Foot is a condition caused by weakness or paralysis of the muscles involved in lifting the front part of the foot, which causes a person to drag the toe of the shoe on the ground or slap the foot on the floor. The WalkAide is designed to assist with the ability to lift the foot for those individuals who have suffered an injury to their central nervous system.
How It Works
WalkAide uses functional electrical stimulation (FES) to restore typical nerve-to-muscle signals in the leg and foot, effectively lifting the foot at the appropriate time.
A sophisticated medical device, WalkAide uses advanced tilt sensor technology to analyze the movement of your leg. This tilt sensor adjust the timing of stimulation for every step.
The system sends electrical signals or stimulation to the peroneal nerve, which controls movement in your ankle and foot. These gentle electrical impulses activate the muscles to raise your foot at the appropriate time during the step cycle.
Customized For Individual Walking Pattern
WalkAide is not a one size fits all device. Rather, our WalkAide certified orthotist customizes and fits the device, tailoring it to an individual’s walking pattern for optimal effectiveness.
Many people who try WalkAide experience immediate and substantial improvement in their walking ability, which increases their mobility, functionality, and overall independence. To see if you are a candidate for this device, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
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