Invented by a team of researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, the 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.
In order to address your individual needs, our Certified Orthotist has been trained to access, customize and fit the WalkAide tailoring the device to your unique walking pattern. The cuff can be worn discreetly under slacks or a dress.
What Conditions Does it treat?
The WalkAide can be beneficial for treating a number of medical conditions and injuries. These include:
What are the Treatment Goals?
We recommend a six week trial period to allow you to evaluate if the WalkAide system meets your needs and abilities. We would then order a WalkAide kit for you, following up as necessary with your equipment needs to ensure your device is functioning optimally.
How to use the walkaide
To fulfill your Treatment Plan Eric, our Certified Orthotist, will spend an hour or more with you to determine if the WalkAide is suitable for your situation. If a decision is reached to continue, Eric will customize and fit the device at your dispensing appointment, explain the wearing protocol, and offer information on any additional modalities appropriate for treating your condition.
What funding is there?
The Ontario Assistive Devices Program (ADP) does not provide funding for the WalkAide.
Private Insurance may pay for all or a portion of the cost. It is important to consult your insurance company to determine what coverage you may have. Most companies require a physician's prescription in order to access funding. Some may request an extensive bio-mechanical analysis from the Certified Orthotist, which we provide as part of our service.
For more information, visit our Funding Page.