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Although WalkAide® can
produce life-changing results for patients with drop foot, the process
for testing, fitting and purchasing a WalkAide System is relatively
simple. On this page, you can find out what to expect when starting with
Call 1-877-4HANGER (1-877-442-6437) to speak to a Hanger Clinic Representative. The representative will locate a Hanger Clinic WalkAide specialist in your area and can help schedule your complimentary evaluation. Please note: Due to state laws and licensing compliance, an insurance card (if applicable) may be required for the initial complimentary evaluation.
At your appointment, a clinician will test your peroneal nerve. This involves using a gentle electric shock to measure muscle response. If your muscle is able to react normally, you’ll be fitted with a WalkAide.The WalkAide is fitted to your leg using the WalkAide Bi-Flex Cuff. You’ll be asked to walk in a straight line using support railings. While you walk, the clinician will use a remote control to cause your foot to rise in time with your step.
An advanced computer program called WalkAnalyst will record your reactions and create a customized walk pattern. This pattern is loaded into your WalkAide system to match your natural walking gait.
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Looking to purchase WalkAide? There are a number of reimbursement and financing options for patients that want to defray some of the cost of purchasing the WalkAide System.
It’s common to experience fatigue when first using WalkAide. In most cases, the muscle that raises and lowers the leg has experienced some atrophy. Many patients report that their leg muscles quickly become stronger, and they are able to use WalkAide on a regular basis.
As the muscles strengthen and walk speed improves, patients will need to return to Hanger Clinic to have their WalkAide System recalibrated. This commonly occurs at about a week and then a month after beginning use of WalkAide. After that, it’s usually not necessary for patients to return for additional adjustments.
Most patients with WalkAide wear the device on a regular basis. It is typically removed during sleep, bathing and any activity that may result in the device getting wet. The system can also be turned off while worn, in the case of user fatigue.
WalkAide Exercise Mode sends out a series of pulses to automatically exercise a patient’s foot and toe muscles while he or she is sitting or lying down. Exercise Mode is customized to each patient by his or her clinicians.
When placed on the leg, WalkAide must be positioned over the peroneal nerve. While some patients report difficulty locating the exact spot when first using the WalkAide, correct positioning soon becomes second nature to most users. And, with the Bi-Flex Cuff, the system rarely shifts after being correctly positioned.
The WalkAide device can be cleaned with a damp cloth. The Bi-Flex Cuff features a mesh lining that can be easily removed and washed in a normal laundry cycle.