The WalkAide system is indicated for patients who exhibit foot drop caused by upper motor neuron injuries or central nerves system (CNS) disorders. If you experience foot drop due to any of the conditions listed below, then the WalkAide may be right for you:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Stroke (CVA)
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
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Using the WalkAide, in most cases, frees the patient from AFO restrictions. Traditionally, foot drop is treated with bracing using an ankle foot orthosis (AFO). The passive treatement offered by AFOs do not promote active use of neuromuscular systems and also limits ankle range of motion. In addition, AFOs can be uncomfortable, bulky, and, if poorly fitted, produce areas of pressure and tissue breakdown. The WalkAide may replace the traditional AFO to re-engage a person's existing nerve pathways and muscles.
Contraindications: If you have history of seizure or have an implantable pacemaker, you should not use the WalkAide, unless directed otherwise by your Physician.
The recruitment of existing muscles results in reduction of atrophy and walking fatigue – a common side effect of foot bracing. WalkAide users have the freedom to walk with or without footwear, up and down the stairs, and even sidestep.
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 you. Click here to order a FREE information kit that you can bring to your own physician, or go to our Patient Care Center Locator to find a medical professional in your area.