What is the WalkAide?
The Walkaide is a single Channel drop foot stimulator. It is a wireless device and there are no leads. It is particularly
indicated for those with a hand dysfunction, as it is simple to get on and off.
How does it work?
Unlike other systems it does not use a pressure sensor under the heal for triggering, instead employing a tilt sensor and accelerometer. WalkAide uses advanced sensor technology to anlayse the movement of your leg and foot. The system sends electrical signals to your peroneal nerve, which control your foot and ankle. The gentle electrical impulses activate the muscles to raise your foot at the appropiate time during the step cycle. Not having a pressure sensor on the shoe means that the walkaide can be used barefoot and with footware such as flip flops. Like the ODS Pace and the Bioness L300 the Walkaide has an inbuilt exercise function to train the anterior tibial muscles in sitting.
Who can benefit from using it?
Common indications include:
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
- Stroke (CVA)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)
- Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP)
What services do Hobbs offer?
It is available at Hobbs Rehabilitation for assessments and trials and the system comes in 3 different sizes suitable for adults and children.
All FES devices need the set-up and supervision of a trained clinician who can ensure that the right choices are made and the best outcomes are achieved, initially and over time, as clinical changes occur.
Please contact Joe Green via firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your individual requirements.