WalkAide

The dynamic treatment for foot drop

WalkAide is a revolutionary Class II medical device that utilises functional electrical stimulation (FES) to activate the muscles that lift the foot that have become paralysed.  WalkAide is suitable for people experiencing foot drop caused by upper motor neuron injuries or conditions such as:

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

WalkAide is also utilised as a Neuro Rehabilitation tool by Clinicians.

 

 

WalkAide vs. AFO​

Traditionally, foot drop is treated with bracing using an ankle foot orthosis (AFO). The passive treatment offered by AFOs does 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. For the appropriate candidate WalkAide may replace the traditional AFO to re-engage a person's existing nerve pathways and muscles. 

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.

Comparison of Benefits of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) for Foot Drop​

   AFO = ankle foot orthosis • FES = functional electrical stimulation • ROM = range of motion

 

For more information call customer service on P. 1300 866 275 or  contact us.

 

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Paediatric WalkAide

The Paediatric WalkAide System is a 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 Paediatric WalkAide is an advanced Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) system specifically configured for children. The Paediatric WalkAide is uniquely programmed for each child and utilises 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 footwearup 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 normalise stress on immature bones, reducing the abnormal physiological demands during growth. 

Local Research

+oapl is proud to have supported the research of Dayna Poole, physiotherapist from Department of Physiotherapy and Paediatric Rehabilitation, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth. Dayna and her team investigated "The orthotic and therapeutic effects following daily community applied functional electrical stimulation in children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy".  Check out the results of her research here.

For more information contact your local clinic to discuss the suitability of WalkAide and arrange a trial.