WHAT IS WALKAIDE?
 

WalkAide is a class II, FDA cleared medical device, designed to improve walking ability in people experiencing foot drop caused by upper motor neuron injuries or conditions such as:

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

Invented by a team of researchers at the University of Alberta, 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. The resulting movement is a smoother, more natural and safer stepping motion. It may allow faster walking for longer distances with less fatigue. In fact, many people who try WalkAide experience immediate and substantial improvement in their walking ability, which increases their mobility, functionality, and overall independence.

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.

Although highly-advanced, WalkAide is surprisingly small and easy to use. It consists of a AA battery-operated, single-channel electrical stimulator, two electrodes, and electrode leads. WalkAide is applied directly to the leg — not implanted underneath the skin — which means no surgery is involved. A cuff holds the system comfortably in place, and it can be worn discreetly under most clothing. With the WalkAide’s patented Tilt Sensor technology, most users do not require additional external wiring or remote heel sensors.


WalkAide provides the advantages not found in typical foot drop treamtent:

• Easy one-handed operation and application
• Small, self-contained unit
• Does not require orthopedic or special shoes
• May be worn barefoot or with slippers
• Minimal contact means minimal discomfort with reduced perspiration
• May improve circulation, reduce atrophy, improve voluntary control and increase joint range of motion


Customized for individual walking pattern

WalkAide is not a one size fits all device. Rather, a specially trained medical professional customizes and fits the WalkAide. Using WalkAnalyst, a multifaceted computer software program, the clinician can tailor WalkAide to an individual's walking pattern for optimal effectiveness.


Exercise mode for home use

In addition to walking assistance, the WalkAide system includes a pre-programmable exercise mode that allows a user to exercise his/her muscles while resting for a set period of time as prescribed.

 
 
 
 
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