Walk Aide Allows Drop Foot Syndrome Patients to Walk Again

Jul 27, 2010

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The Walk Aide is a revolutionary product that allows people with drop foot syndrome the ability to walk completely unassisted.  This small set of straps placed around the the lower legs sends electrical pulses that activates the nerves and causes the foot to react naturally. The Walk Aide is placed just below the knee and measures where your foot is in space to reply accordingly.

Tina Mann was in a snowboarding accident that caused her to damage her spinal cord.  Doctors gave her a 30% chance of recovery and told her that she would be in a wheelchair the rest of her life.  After 3 months of being completely paralyzed from the waist down and 8 months of total rehabilitation, Tina was finally able to walk with assistance, yet she was never able to lift her feet due to the drop foot syndrome from the injury.

After trying the Walk Aide, Tina is walking normally.  In fact, she rock climbs, does strength training, and even snowboards again.  She no longer has to rely on metal, plastic, or anything to keep her feet in step except her own muscles and the small device on each leg.

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The Walk Aide costs around $5,000 and is indeed priceless for those who benefit from it. The cost is covered by insurance on a case by case basis, and Medicaid covers the devices as needed.

View Tina’s story below:

The official Walk-Aide video:

More info available via the WalkAide website at www.walkaide.com

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Amelia
Amelia

AMS Vans provides news about issues that are important to people with disabilities, their loved ones, disability advocates and their friends.

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6 Comments

  1. Linda Portigal
    August 12, 2010

    Is there a place in Southern California, San Fernando Valley area that I can contact? Please provide phone numbers to get further information.

    Thank you,

    Linda

  2. GLORIA NORDMEYER
    June 12, 2011

    I WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ABILITY WALK AID FOR FOOT DROP, BUT I KEEP ENCOUNTERING AN “ERROR” ON YOUR WEB SITE. PLEASE ADVISE.

  3. Mary Chambers
    July 05, 2011

    I am 49 years old and I have had drop foot for approx 24 years due to an auto accident. I crushed the femer in my right leg and scar tissue is choking the nerve in the back of my leg, shortly below the knee.

    I have learned to walk with a leg/foot brace on my right leg.

    Please contact me with information on this new device. I would like to see a doctor with this info and see if I could use this device to improve my condition.

    Thank you,
    Mary chambers

  4. Wendy
    June 22, 2012

    I got mine from Hanger. I recently moved out of state and found a local Hanger in the city I moved to and was able to get my electrodes and batteries there. They are all over the country.

    http://www.hanger.com

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