WalkAide is a new FDA-approved medical product that can simply help people walk better. How? – This medical device provides FES (functional electrical stimulation) to help people with feet to leave their feet clear while walking.
Who can use The WalkAide?
Patients who have foot drop may benefit from the use of this device. More specifically, the people who will benefit most from this medical device are those who have suffered foot drop due to certain conditions. These conditions include brain or spinal diseases, stroke (Stroke), MS (multiple sclerosis), spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI), brain tumor, or PC (cerebral palsy).
Why is it different from "traditional" AFOs (ankle foot orthoses)
First, an AFO is a brace that helps people walk better. It is usually made of plastic and is designed to help people walk better. Usually, this is a custom made clamp, but it can also come in prefabricated designs. – According to reports, WalkAide analyzes the movement of a patient's legs and feet with an "advanced sensor technology". WalkAide will send an electrical signal to the peroneal nerve of the patient, which is located in the lower part of the leg. Specifically, this nerve is located on the outside of the lower leg and helps control movement in the foot and ankle.
How does a person get a WalkAide?
This is a medically prescribed device, from your doctor. After the device is medically prescribed, the patient must be evaluated by an individual with credentials and trained doctors, such as an orthopedist. – This device is not purchased in stores, like other devices, such as a cane.
How long does the patient's WalkAide use?
According to the WalkAide site, this device can be used all day. However, patients should remove it and turn off the WalkAide before going to bed at night. This only makes sense if the device is going to be used to walk anyway. Depending on the levels of use, the WalkAide will need to have beat relays each, two or three weeks. Reusable batteries would be good in a case like this.
The WalkAide is also not waterproof.
Note: This is health information. Although it is good information, it is best to get medical advice on this device from your local orthopedist or licensed medical professional. Many people are candidates for this device, but not all people with foot drops will be able to use the device effectively.