By Bridget Hobbs
Does your child have difficulty lifting up his foot or trip often while walking? Does he reject wearing his brace? The WalkAide ® system is a lightweight cuff, placed below the knee, that delivers functional electronic stimulation to the muscles that help to lift up the foot during walking. Children with cerebral palsy, stroke, incomplete spinal cord injury, spastic paraplegia, traumatic brain injury, as well as other upper motor neuron injuries, may benefit from the WalkAide ®.
According to Innovative Neurotronics, the company that manufactures the WalkAide ® , the “National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical results have shown that the use of the WalkAide ® System by children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) offers significant rehabilitation benefits such as: improved walking, improved range of motion and significant muscle growth”
Don’t know where to get the WalkAide ® or how to get started? Good news! We now have a group of skilled physical therapists trained at the Easter Seals Villa Park Center that can help evaluate your child for the WalkAide ® device. Each child will be provided a WalkAide ® unit to trial for a set duration in order to determine if the WalkAide ® is beneficial for your child before attaining their own device.
The WalkAide® clinic is on Wednesday mornings at Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley at the Villa Park Center. Please contact Diana Dixon for information and scheduling at 630.282.2022.
1: Prosser LA, Curataio LA, Alter KE, Damiano DL. Acceptability and potential effectiveness of a foot drop simulator in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2012; 1-6.
2: Damiano DL, Prosser LA, Curataio LA. Short term effects of a functional electronic stimulation device on tibialis anterior muscle size and ankle control during gait in children with Cerebral Palsy.
©2012 Innovative Neurotronics