WalkAide Fights the Effects of Foot Drop
Also known as drop foot, foot drop inhibits a patient’s ability to lift his or her foot naturally. This common mobility impairment can have a real effect on a patient’s energy, balance and ability to carry out normal activities. It’s caused by an interruption of the natural nerve-to-nerve muscle communication between the brain and leg.
WalkAide: foot drop treatment, restores this 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.
Learn how WalkAide works
For many people who try WalkAide: foot drop treatment, the effects are dramatic:
- Immediate and substantial improvement in walking ability
- Faster walking for longer distances with less fatigue
- Increased mobility, functionality and overall independence
And, with our WalkAccess program, you can try WalkAide: foot drop treatment, today at little financial cost.
Using the WalkAide System
Although highly advanced, the WalkAide System is surprisingly small and easy to use. It consists of a battery-operated, single-channel electrical stimulator, two electrodes and electrode leads.
WalkAide is worn directly on your leg — meaning no surgery is involved. With the WalkAide's patented Tilt Sensor technology, most users do not require additional external wiring or remote heel sensors.
A specially-fitted cuff holds the system comfortably in place, and it can be worn discreetly under most clothing and in most situations. Wear it at home, at work, or while traveling — every environment you typically encounter in your daily life.
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WalkAide is Customized for You
Our specially trained clinicians fit and customize the WalkAide: foot drop treatment to you. Using an advanced computer program called WalkAnalyst; the clinicians will tailor WalkAide to your individual walking pattern for the most natural, effective results.
Are you considering purchasing the WalkAide® System? Many of our patients receive partial reimbursement for their WalkAide systems from either insurers or private grants. Other patients take advantage of a range of financing options.
At Hanger Clinic, we’re dedicated to helping you get access to technologies that improve your mobility and quality of life. Below are a list of reimbursement and financing options.
For some patients, insurance will cover part or most of the cost of the WalkAide System. Because WalkAide is new technology, many insurers do not specifically cover the system. If you are denied coverage, WalkAide personnel are available to help appeal the ruling.
Assistance is available in cases where your insurance has denied reimbursement for the WalkAide System.
Speak with your local Hanger Clinic office administrator to begin the appeals process.
In cases of cerebral palsy, Medicaid may pay for part of the WalkAide System.
Did you sustain an incomplete spinal cord injury while on Medicare? You may be eligible for full Medicare reimbursement for WalkAide. Note that Medicare requires 32 sessions of physical therapy.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Grants
Do you have multiple sclerosis? Contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for information on finding a grant to cover some of the cost of the WalkAide System.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs may offer reimbursement in the case of foot drop caused by injuries sustained during military activities.
Contact your regional Veterans Benefits Administration center for more information.
If your foot drop is caused by injuries sustained on the job site, you may be eligible for reimbursement through workers compensation. Check with your local human resources department for more information.
Financing Your WalkAide
There are multiple financing options for your WalkAide system. Financing options will vary by Hanger Clinic location. For full financing options, please speak to your Hanger Clinic office administrator.
Care Credit is an organization that provides multiple financing options for patients receiving healthcare services. They offer a variety of plans for financing a Hanger Clinic WalkAide purchase, including no interest and extended payment plans.
Have further questions? Please call 1-877-4HANGER, or speak with your local clinician at your Hanger Clinic or contact Care Credit for more information.