WalkAide as RehabilitationTool

 

The New WalkAide System:
The Dynamic FES for Neuro Rehabilitation

The WalkAide System is an advanced Functional Electrical (FES) Stimulation System for the treatment of Foot Drop caused by upper motor neuron injury such as:

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Stroke (CVA)
  • Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Utilizing a patented tilt sensor technology, the WalkAide stimulates the common peroneal nerve to lift the foot at the right time during the gait cycle, prompting a more natural, efficient, and safe walking pattern. WalkAide users have the freedom to walk with or without footwear, up and down the stairs, and even sidestep.

Effective from Acute to Post-Rehab Care

Utilizing the WalkAide in all stages of neuro-rehabilitation provides the Therapist a significant addition to their intervention tool set to attain positive patient outcome:

  • Improve walking speed with less fatigue
  • Improve gait quality
  • Reduce atrophy
  • Improve circulation, muscle condition, and bone density
  • Promote Neuroplasticity



Effective from Acute to Post-Rehab Care

Tilt Mode

  • Gait Training: Maximize patient handling while increasing sensorimotor input
  • Facilitate Swing: Forced use of open chain activities (swing) to improve motor learning
  • Random Practice: Improve gait on all surfaces and generalize to varying environments
  • Biofeedback: Stim on audible feedback to promote tibial translation

Hand Mode

  • Pre-Gait Skills: Weight shifting to improve transition between extensor and flexor tone
  • Blocked Practice: Controlled stepping and swing initiation in early gait training
  • Gait Training: Control dorsiflexion while manually assisting gait
  • Exercise and Gait: Vary stim durations for coordinated contraction of multiple muscle groups

Heel Mode

  • Functional Activities: Shifting weight forward in sitting and assist with sit-to- stand transfers
  • Pre-Gait Skills: Controlled weight shifting side-to-side and with stepping forward and back
  • Tone Control: Grading into flexor tone with release of the knee to increasing active knee flexion
  • Early Gait Training: In parallel bars or sho to improve motor control

Exercise Mode

  • Bedside Therapy: Ideal for acute patients
  • Home Exercise: Strengthening, muscular endurance, tone reduction, etc.
  • NeuroMuscular Re-education: Consistent, repetitive functional movement patterns

 




 

The All-New WalkAide
Bi-Flex Cuff

Accurate, Simple One-Handed Donning & Doffing. Reproducible Outcome In Clinic and At Home.

 




The All New WalkAide:
A New Level of Simplicity

The All-New WalkAnalyst 3.0

Full Analytical Functionality Delivered in a Simple Environment

  • 3-steps programming
         Reduce evaluation time significantly
  • Detailed gait analysis
         For delivering superior results
  • Calculate walking speed
         Track patient progress
  • Seamless Bluetooth connectivity
         Secure program data from disconnect

New WalkAide Disposable Liner

Simplified Setup, Therapy, & Follow-Up

The new Disposable Liner has been specifically designed to ease individual patient setup and adjustment. It allows clinicians to create a customized liner for each patient.

  • Reduces set up time: Electrodes can remain on the liner after setup to maintain proper position for future therapy sessions
  • Improves hygiene: Acts as a sanitary barrier, allowing clinicians to test fit multiple patients on the same cuff
  • Sizeable to each patient. The latex-free, hypoallergenic liner can be trimmed to fit all available cuff sizes

 




 

The Most Advanced Long-Term Solution

The WalkAide can replace the traditional foot brace to re-engage a person's existing nerve pathways and muscles. The recruitment of existing muscles results in reduction in atrophy and walking fatigue, a common side effect of foot bracing.

Comparison of Benefits of AFO vs. FES


AFO = ankle foot orthosis • FES = functional electrical stimulation • ROM = range of motion

Competitive Advantages:
WalkAide features competitive advantages not found in other FES systems.

  • Self-contained system – Does not require the use of remotes, heel sensors or external wires
  • Single battery operation – Operates up to 30 days on one AA battery, with no need for nightly recharges
  • Patented Accelerometer – Accurately analyzes leg movement to help promote a natural walking pattern
  • Freedom in footwear option – Wear almost any type of shoe, or no shoes at all



WalkAide Technical Specifications

Size8.2cm(H) x 6.1cm(W) x 2.1cm(T)
Weight87.9 g
Power SourceOne 1.5 volt Alkaline AA battery (LR6)
Maximum Current200 mA at 500 ohm; 121 mA at 1 K ohm
Maximum Voltage121 V at 1 K ohm; <150 V at 1 M ohm
Number of Modes2 - Exercise, Walking
Number of Channels1
Pulse TypeAsymmetrical Biphasic
Pulse Width25-300 microseconds (Adjustable)
Frequency Range16.7 – 33 Pulses Per Second (Adjustable)
Maximum Stimulation Period3 seconds
Stimulation Trigger SourceTilt or Heel Sensor
Controls and Indicatiors- ON/OFF/Intensity; Stimulation, Exercise
- ErrorShipping
Shipping and Storage Conditions:Device (Long Term)
    Temperature: -4° – 140°F (-20° – +60° C)
    Relative Humidity: 95% max., non-condensing
Electrodes (Long Term)
    Temperature: 41° – 80.6°F (5° – +27° C)
    Humidity: 35 – 50%
Electrodes (Short Term - less than 1 month)
    Temperature: 32° – 104° F (0° – +40° C)
    Humidity: 35 – 50%