Foot drop, also known as drop foot, inhibits a patient’s ability to lift his or her foot naturally. Foot drop can be caused by nerve or muscle damage. A Neuro-prosthetic device, such at the WalkAide® System, uses Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to stimulate nerves. FES employs small electrical impulses to excite the nerves that supply the paralyzing muscles which will then activate those muscles to product a basic but useful movement. The peroneal nerve is responsible for dorsiflexing or lifting up the foot. In the condition of Foot Drop, the FES will stimulate the peroneal nerve thus lifting the foot to prevent toe drag and the patient may no longer need an AFO.
The WalkAide® System does just this. It restores the lost communication by sending electrical signals to the peroneal nerve, which controls movement in the ankle and foot. These gentle electrical impulses activate the muscles to automatically raise the foot at the appropriate time during each step. The result is a smoother, more natural and safer walking motion.
Individuals with the following central nervous system conditions that may benefit from The WalkAide® System include:
- Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Please be advised, the WalkAide® System is not for everyone. Some peripheral nervous system conditions will NOT benefit from the WalkAide® System and patients who suffer from seizures or use pacemakers should NOT use the WalkAide® System. Please contact us today at 1-888-BRACE03 for an initial evaluation to see if the WalkAide® System is right for you!
If you would like more information regarding the WalkAide® System, please visit the Innovative Neurotronics website at www.walkaide.com .