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WalkAide®...www.WalkAide.com

What is it?

WalkAide is a sophisticated medical device that can only be prescribed by a physician. Breakthrough technology is now providing the Medical community a new option for people with drop foot based on the field of Neuroprosthetics.

Neuroprosthetics (also called Neural Prosthetics) is a discipline related to neuroscience and biomedical engineering concerned with developing neural prostheses, artificial devices to replace or improve the function of an impaired nervous system.

Common examples of electrical stimulators in biomedical applications:
1) heart pacemaker
2) cochlear stimulator for the deaf
3) bladder stimulators for urinary control
4) tens machines for muscle pain relief

As with all orthoses, a thorough evaluation by a credentialed and trained medical professional will determine if WalkAide is right for a particular individual.

Many people who try WalkAide experience immediate and substantial improvement in their walking ability, which increases their mobility, stability, functionality, overall confidence and independence.


Background

Within the past decade, Dr Richard Stein and researchers from the University of Alberta have developed WalkAide. It has received marketing clearance from the FDA (United States) and Canada.


How it works

It uses sensor technology to actually analyze the movement of the leg and foot. Using Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), WalkAide stimulates the common peroneal nerve where it passes near the head of the fibula below the knee producing functional limb movement.

This stimulation activated the muscles that dorsiflex the foot at the appropriate time during the gait cycle, producing a much more natural and efficient pattern of walking, with increased stability.

Further, WalkAide may improve circulation, reduce atrophy, improve voluntary control over time and increase joint range of motion in patients with drop foot.


Is the WalkAide right for you?

If you have a drop foot as a result of the following:

• Stroke/Cerebral Avascular Accident (CVA)
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Cerebral Palsy
• Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
• Traumatic Brain Injury

You may be a candidate!


Please Note: If you are pregnant, suffer from seizures or wear a pacemaker you are not an appropriate client for the WalkAide System.


The WalkAide is only available through a Certified Orthotist. Discuss with your Doctor or therapist whether they think the WalkAide is right for you.

For more information of this product please visit their site WalkAide.com.


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