WalkAide (Pediatrics)

Children are constantly growing and constantly moving, making it very challenging to design a brace that meets all their needs. Sometimes children reject bracing because of the limitations it imposes, or the discomfort it causes. Many neurologic and orthopedic conditions can now be improved by the use of a neuro-prosthesis called the WalkAide to control foot drop. The WalkAide is a highly advanced medical device that can often be used in lieu of standard custom molded plastic Ankle Foot Orthoses. The device functions by restoring the nerve-to-muscle signals in the lower leg and allow for active lift of the foot while walking, running, climbing stairs and ascending ramps. The WalkAide allows for a more natural walking pattern and this often enables kids to walk faster, further and with less effort. With the improved walking pattern, the WalkAide also helps reduce risk of falls, and improves stability and independence while walking. The WalkAide is effective for many upper motor neuron conditions including, but not limited to cerebral palsy and stroke. The more normally children with these conditions walk, the more able their brains are to learn a better walking pattern. If you think the WalkAide may be of benefit to your child, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a free evaluation.