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What is Walkiade?

WalkAide is a revolutionary FDA cleared medical device that leverages functional electrical stimulation (FES) to improve walking ability of people living with foot drop. The WalkAide is also utilised as a neuro rehabilitation tool by clinicians. 

Utilising a tilt sensor and accelerometer technology, WalkAide stimulates the common peroneal nerve to lift the foot at the right time during walking, prompting a more natural, efficient, and safe walking pattern. WalkAide users have the freedom to walk with or without footwear, up and down the stairs, and all directions

Gives you a leg up on foot drop

What’s dropfoot?

Dropfoot (also known as drop foot, foot drop and footdrop) is a condition characterized by weakness or paralysis of the muscles involved in lifting the front part of the foot. It may be caused by damage to the central nervous system such as stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.

It causes a person to drag the toe of the shoe on the ground or slap the foot on the floor or engage in a high-stepping walk called steppage gait. A significant number of individuals – men and women, young and old – experience difficulty with the simplest day-to-day activities because of mobility dysfunctions such as peroneal nerve palsy that lead to foot drop.

WalkAide is designed to improve walking ability in people experiencing foot drop caused by upper motor neuron injuries or conditions.

WalkAide uses functional electrical stimulation (FES) to restore typical nerve-to-muscle signals in the leg and foot, effectively lifting the foot at the appropriate time. The resulting movement is a smoother, more natural and safer stepping motion. It may allow faster walking for longer distances with less fatigue.

In fact, many people who try WalkAide experience immediate and substantial improvement in their walking ability, which increases their mobility, functionality, and overall independence.

Is it right for you?

Yes

The WalkAide system is indicated for patients who exhibit foot drop caused by upper motor neuron injuries or central nerves system (CNS) disorders. If you experience foot drop due to any of the conditions listed below, then the WalkAide may be right for you: 

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 

  • Stroke (CVA) 

  • Cerebral Palsy (CP) 

  • Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury 

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

No

Walkaide is contra-indicated if you have foot drop caused by:

  • Sciatica

  • Traumatic injury between L1-S5

  • Post-surgery at spine L1-S5 or hip or knee

  • Polio

  • Neuropathy

  • Genetic disorder of neuromuscular

You should not use Walkaide if you have history of seizure, cancer or pacemaker, unless directed otherwise by your physician.

 

WALKAIDE

 Features

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WALKAIDE

Benefits

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 Pediatric Walkaide

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For Children

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)

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The Pediatric WalkAide is specifically configured for children. It is 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. It 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.

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.

Videos

Davy: Overcoming Foor Drop after stroke

Zoey: Regaining independence & Overcoming Foot Drop

Tina: Regaining Independence & Overcoming

The New WalkAide System

Ben: Regaining Independence

Interested?

Contact us at Tel: 62501566 or email us at enquiry@orthogait.com.sg to fix an appointment for free consultation today and we'll give you options to choose from. Your walkaide will be done in an hour and you'll be good to go!

 

FAQ

+ How long will it takes before I know if Walkaide works for me?

Many people who try WalkAide experience immediate and substantial improvement. The medical professional who fits WalkAide will program the device to suit your individual needs for optimal effectiveness.

+ Will I be able to walk normal with Walkaide?

Many people who try WalkAide experience immediate and substantial improvement in their walking ability and enjoy a much more natural gait. However, there is no guarantee that WalkAide can help you to get back your own walking gait before having foot drop.

+ Do I use Walkaide 24 hours a day?

No. WalkAide can be worn all day, but it must be removed and turned off before going to bed at night. Recommended 8 hours maximum per day.

+ What does the electrical stimulation feel like?

The electrical stimulation in WalkAide replaces the natural, nerve-to-muscle stimulation. Many people report a light tingling sensation during the period of stimulation during walking.

+ How long does Walkaide work?

Depending on how much you use WalkAide, the battery should last anywhere from one to three weeks. WalkAide will give you both an audio and visual warning that the battery is low. A red light appears on the stimulator and the device beeps to indicate when the standard AA battery needs to be replaced.

+ Will I be electrocuted if it gets wet?

No, but you should avoid water while wearing WalkAide. While every effort has been made to weatherproof the device, continued correct functioning of the device requires careful operation.

+ Can I shower or swim with Walkaide on?

No, you should avoid water when wearing WalkAide. Remove the WalkAide when you take a shower or if you go for a swim.

+ Can I drive with Walkaide on?

We do not recommend to drive while having Walkaide turned on.

+ Is Walkaide covered by insurance plan?

All health plan coverages vary. Patients should contact a representative of their individual health plan to confirm their policy regarding WalkAide.

 

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