National Institutes of Health clinical results (study link) have shown that the use of the WalkAide system by children with cerebral Palsy (CP) offers significant rehabilitation benefits such as:
- Improved response to FES, not expected with conventional bracing
- Improved Kinematics & Range of Motion
- Improved Fatigue Resistance
The first study in Cerebral Palsy demonstrating the acceptability and clinical effectiveness of a novel FES device to improve ankle dorsiflexion.
Dynamic Alternative to Bracing
Many children may reject brace wear in their prescribed rehabilitation protocols. In the recent NIH study, when given the choice, 90% of the children chose to continue wearing the WalkAide over their current treatment.
The Pediatric WalkAide System is the preferred treatment option for children with Foot Drop caused by upper motor neuron injuries such as:
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
- Stroke (CVA)
- Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Encouraging Kids to be Kids
The Pediatric WalkAide is an advanced Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) system specifically configured for children. The Pediatric WalkAide is uniquely programmed for each child and utilizes a patented accelerometer technology to stimulate the peroneal nerve to lift the foot, promoting a more natural, balanced and efficient gait.
WalkAide is a lightweight, single-unit device worn below the knee, fully operable with one hand. Children have the freedom to choose to walk with or without footwear, up and down the stair and even sidestep.
Lifelong Clinical Outcomes
The WalkAide is adaptable to growth and rehabilitation needs of children. Early intervention can balance forces across joints and normalize stress on skeletally immature bones, reducing the abnormal physiological demands during growth.