PAEDIATRIC WALKAIDE
 

Paediatric WalkAide System:
The preferred altenative to bracing

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.


Clinical Evidence


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 new Pediatric WalkAide features several key advantages not found in other FES systems:

Pediatric Cuff: Designed to fit small children

Pediatric Programming Options: Amplitude, Frequency, Pulse Duration settings for sensitive cases are well-tolerated

Personalized Solution: Adaptive program & modular components through growth and maturity

Self-Contained System: Single unit system with no extra pieces, ideal for playful kids

Single Battery Operation: Operates up to 30 days on one AA battery, with no need for nightly recharges

Patented Accelerometer: Promotes natural, efficient, and safe multidirectional walking

Freedom in Footwear Option: Allows kids to have more freedom in footwear or no shoes at all


Recent study have shown that the use of Functional Electrical System (FES) offers benefits including:

Improves walking speed
Improves gait quality
Reduces atrophy
Improves circulation and muscle condition
May promote natural bone growth*
May delay or prevent surgical intervention**

*   With active muscle contraction
** With reciprocal inhibition of antagonist

 
 
 
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