As part of our commitment to providing advanced drop foot treatments, The Ledbrook Clinic offers the WalkAide Device (FES) for foot drop treatment to both adult and child patients. WalkAide is a medical device designed to improve the walking ability of people experiencing drop foot. It stimulates the typical nerve to muscle signals in the foot and leg, causing the foot to lift at the correct time in the walking cycle. The resulting movement is a smoother, more natural and safer gait pattern.
A major step forward in the treatment of drop foot
- Easy one handed application and operation
- Compact unit attaches below the knee
- No orthopaedic or special shoes required
- Can be worn barefoot or with slippers/flip-flops
- Minimal contact area for enhanced comfort and reduced perspiration
- May improve circulation, reduce atrophy, improve voluntary control and increase joint range of movement
- No wires involved
How does WalkAide work?
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.
WalkAide is surprisingly small and very easy to use. Consisting of a battery operated, single channel electrical stimulator, two electrodes and electrode leads. It is applied directly onto the leg, not implated underneath the skin, which means no surgery is involved. The cuff holds the system comfortably in place, and it can be worn discreetly under most clothing.
The Adult and Paediatric WalkAide (WA) Systems are advanced FES systems for the treatment of Foot Drop caused by upper motor neuron injury. The aide itself is a lightweight single-unit no wires system, which is worn below the knee and is fully operable with one hand.
Utilising a patented tilt sensor technology, the device stimulates the nerve to lift the foot at the right time during walking, promoting a more natural, efficient and safe walking pattern. As a result, users will have the freedom to walk with or without footwear, up and down stairs and even provides the ability to sidestep.
The aide offers an alternative to traditional bracing and engages existing nerve pathways and muscles. The active stimulation of muscles results in the reduction of muscle wasting and walking fatigue – a common side effect of bracing.
The WA system accommodates variations in patients walking as the internal inclinometer and accelerometer (tilt sensor) detects duration and timing of the leg in the gait cycle, promoting a safe and symmetrical gait pattern. WalkAnalyst software is then used to program the WA control unit specifically for each patient.
The use of the Walkaide (FES) stimulates precise and timely feedback from the limb, allowing improved quality of movement by acting on the nerve/muscle input. The ultimate goal is to regain voluntary control, restore reflex responses and complex function through sensory and audible feedback as well as muscle development, helping you to gain independence, one step at a time.
Ideal for foot drop arising from:
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
- Stroke (CVA)
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)