WalkAccess: Home Assessment Program for People With Foot DropBy Rehab Management: Rehab Today,
Publication Date: August 9, 2010
Article describes WalkAccess, a home assessment program for the WalkAide functional electrical stimulation (FES) system. The WalkAide restores mobility to people with a form of lower leg paralysis known as foot drop due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, and incomplete spinal cord injury. The WalkAccess program allows patients considering the WalkAide to try the device for two weeks for a fraction of the cost of purchase. The device, which is about the size of an iPod and worn around the calf, applies low-level electrical currents directly to the peroneal nerve, the motor nerve that controls the movement of the ankle and foot, instructing the muscles to flex the foot at the appropriate time in the gait cycle. More information about the home assessment program can be found at http://www.hanger.com/walkaide.
Assistive Products Discussed: WALKAIDE
Published by: Ascend Media LLC (Website:http://www.ascendmedia.com)
Link to text: http://www.rehabpub.com/RMN/2010-08-09_02.asp