Dorsiflexion assist orthosis
People with permanent dorsiflexor weakness depend on a medical aid that lifts their foot while walking.
That is precisely what the WalkOn Flex does. It helps lift the foot during the swing phase, so that the gait becomes safer again while the risk of stumbling and falling is reduced. The tip of the foot no longer gets caught as easily on small obstacles or uneven ground.
Thanks to the material (glass and carbon fibre composite; Outlast) and its special design, the WalkOn Flex is particularly well suited if you want more flexibility in the ankle and knee. If you have adequate residual musculature – this is where your doctor or orthotist will assist you with detailed advice – the WalkOn Flex will provide you with good support, especially also on uneven surfaces.
The area of the midfoot is especially stable and provides support in the stance phase.
The foot component ensures the flexible rollover of the foot while walking.
Lower leg shell
The calf pad is on the lower leg shell. It consists of a climate control material (Outlast) and can be easily applied to the leg with a hook-and-loop closure.
The coil spring connects the lower leg shell to the foot component. It permits higher flexibility at heel strike and promotes a dynamic rollover while walking, with fewer restrictions in the ankle joint.
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Benefits at a glance
You gain safety because the WalkOn Flex supports and lifts your foot in the swing phase while walking. The risk of getting caught with the tip of the foot, for example on carpet edges or uneven ground, is reduced.
Flexibility for you
Provided the physical requirements are met, the WalkOn Flex enables more mobility in the ankle joint and knee. This makes it easier for you to walk on uneven surfaces. The orthosis also provides moderate support during the rollover movement – just the way you need it.
You can move naturally with the WalkOn Flex during the day. When you crouch down or walk up a set of stairs for example, you can put a natural load on the forefoot. The WalkOn Flex is ideally suited for numerous everyday situations.
Lightweight and discreet
The WalkOn Flex is lightweight, slim and discreet under clothing. A removable calf pad makes it even more pleasant and comfortable for you. It is made of climate control material (Outlast) which reduces heat development and perspiration.
Use regular footwear
The orthosis fits in any shoe that provides support. You should merely ensure that the shoe has a reinforced heel. To put on the orthosis, you should position the WalkOn Flex in the shoe and then slide in your foot.
Robust and durable
The WalkOn Flex is especially robust. It has proven its durability in trials and long-term function testing.
WalkOn product family
There are six WalkOn orthoses. This allows your doctor or orthopaedic technician to select the product that is most suitable for your personal condition and the severity of your paralysis.
- Dorsal flexor weakness, also with slight spasticity
- The WalkOn Flex is recommended especially in cases where dorsiflexion capacity decreases following sustained activity (muscle fatigue).
- The WalkOn Flex is suitable for indoor and outdoor use by users who have a stable ankle joint and no impairment of motor control of the knee.
The indication of dorsal flexor weakness frequently occurs after a stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular atrophy or peroneal paralysis.
We recommend that you place the orthosis into the shoe first and then insert your foot. Then you can simply fasten the hook-and-loop closures.
No, but you should select a sturdy shoe with a reinforced heel. It is important that the orthosis fits firmly so that it moves as little as possible. We also recommend a heel height of 10 mm; alternatively this can be determined by your technician. An additional pair of shoes should of course have the same heel height.
Yes, in fact it is recommended that you are active. Speak to your orthopaedic technician to get their advice on which sports are the most beneficial and how to make the best use of your orthosis. You should however avoid extreme and abrupt movements.
The orthosis should be wiped regularly using water and a mild cleaning agent. We recommend washing the pad at least twice a week (machine washable at 40°C). To prolong the life of the calf band, you should always fasten the hook-and-loop closure after you put on the orthosis.
Replacement pads can of course be ordered through your orthopaedic technician. He or she adapts the pads for you personally to ensure they fit.
It is not possible to make any specific recommendation. You must be able to safely control any vehicle for which you require a driving licence and insurance, or which is used in traffic. This ability when wearing a WalkOn Flex is determined on a case-by-case basis. You are required to observe national and state laws.