WalkAide is not a "one size fits all" device. A credentialed and trained medical professional is required to evaluate, fit and customize WalkAide for each individual. Once the trained medical professional positions WalkAide correctly on the leg, he or she then programs the system using a software program called WalkAnalyst.
||WalkAide sends real-time data to and receives parameter changes from the WalkAnalyst program wirelessly using Bluetooth wireless technology. The trained medical professional will use the peripheral nerve stimulator to find the appropriate stimulation site of the common peroneal nerve to stimulate dosiflexion. |
When the optimal electrode positions have been found, the electrodes are attached to the cuff using Velcro, and an initial walking trial is initiated. Walking data is collected using WalkAnalyst, with the goal of optimizing the sensor operation in creating a natural gait for the patient.
Once WalkAide is programmed, the trained medical professional will provide ongoing follow-up. WalkAide programming tracks both the number of hours of use per day and the number of steps per day for up to 72 days. This information quantifies activity levels and compliance as well as documents improvements in walking abilities over time, helping the trained medical professional to re-optimize the WalkAide system at regular intervals and maximize outcomes for the user.
WalkAide is a sophisticated medical device that can only be prescribed by a physician. As with all orthoses, a thorough evaluation by a credentialed and trained medical professional will determine if WalkAide is right for a particular individual. To find a trained medical professional in your area, go to our Patient Care Center Locator.