WalkOn Reaction junior
The WalkOn product range: dynamic ankle-foot orthoses
It's so dynamic!
The WalkOn Reaction junior is a member of the WalkOn Family range, designed specifically for children with mild neurological deficits of the lower limbs. Based on the WalkOn Reaction Plus, it features highly dynamic properties. The ankle foot orthosis (AFO) uses ground reaction forces to significantly improve the child’s gait pattern. It is geared toward children who require greater support than that provided by traditional dorsiflexion assist orthoses.
The WalkOn Reaction junior has high wearer comfort due to low weight and open heel design. The anatomically designed frontal support element is applied to the front of the lower leg; the orthosis promotes a more stable, largely physiological gait. The risk of stumbling and falling is reduced while movement patterns are improved.
The orthosis design adapts to the children’s different sizes and respective anatomical conditions. The WalkOn Reaction junior gets high marks from kids for its numerous advantages, in addition to being very comfortable to wear.
The spring element is based in the arch of the foot and offers an outstanding energy return. The energy stored by the WalkOn Reaction junior during heel strike is released again by the spring during the rollover movement.
The foot component ensures that the child can flexibly roll over their foot while walking.
Lower leg shell with shin pad
The shin pad is located on the lower leg shell. It is made of temperature-regulating padding material and can be easily applied to the leg with a hook-and-loop closure. This results in improved skin hygiene and makes it comfortable to wear.
Frontal support element
Thanks to its frontal support element, the WalkOn Reaction junior not only lifts the foot, but also supports the knee joint.
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Benefits at a glance
Walk more naturally
The WalkOn Reaction junior enables a more natural physiological gait. This unique design supports extension and flexion of the knee during walking enabling your child’s gait pattern to become smoother. This also applies to children with higher activity levels, who require greater support for knee extension.
Fewer compensating movements
Compensating movements often result in signs of wear. The WalkOn Reaction junior can reduce these with its high energy return. The energy stored during heel strike is released by the orthosis during the rollover movement of the foot. This helps your child walk more symmetrically. The special alignment of the orthosis provides a more natural posture during standing as well.
Robust, durable, and safe
Your child’s safety is increased as the WalkOn Reaction junior supports and lifts their foot during the swing phase while walking. The risk of catching the tip of the foot, for example on carpet edges or uneven ground, is reduced. The WalkOn Reaction junior is especially robust and the orthosis has proven its durability in various tests and long-term functional testing.
Appropriate for shoes
The orthosis can be worn in standard sturdy shoes. The only need is to make sure that the shoe has a reinforced heel. To put on the orthosis, you should ideally start by positioning the WalkOn Reaction junior in the shoe, then the child can then simply step in with their foot.
Comfortable, lightweight, discreet and easy care
The WalkOn Reaction junior is lightweight, slim and fits discreetly under clothing. With high wearer comfort due to low weight, open heel design and the anatomically designed frontal support element.
A shin pad makes it even more comfortable as it is made of climate-regulating material for improved skin hygiene. It is made of a temperature-regulating material, which reduces heat development and perspiration. All fabric parts can be washed and replaced.
Robust and durable
The WalkOn Reaction junior is especially robust. The orthosis has proven its durability in various tests and long-term functional testing.
Ottobock Gives Back
Together with the Peter Maffay Foundation, Ottobock works to help disadvantaged children who are growing up under difficult conditions. The small Tabaluga Dragon is the symbol for this collaboration. (©(2016) Tabaluga Enterprises GmbH).
Peter Maffay Foundation was established in 2000. Peter Maffay is the President of the Foundation, and Albert Luppart is the General Manager. The foundation's headquarters are located at Klenzestraße 1 in 82327 Tutzing am Starnberger See.
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For every sale of a WalkOn Reaction junior, Ottobock will donate 2% to the Peter Maffay Foundation and Tabaluga Foundation for Children.
- Cerebral palsy
- Drop foot without spasticity
- Drop foot with mild to moderate spasticity
- Hemiparesis and diparesis
- For dorsiflexor weakness, without or with mild to moderate spasticity
- Minor impairment of knee extensors
- Minor impairment of plantarflexors
- WalkOn Reaction Junior - Info for Practitioners 379.00 kB | PDF
WalkOn Reaction Junior - Info For Practitioners
Download our practitioner brochure for the WalkOn Reaction Junior and take it to your clinician.
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 use 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. Your other shoes should of course have the same heel height.
Yes, physical exercise is not only possible but also to be recommended. Speak to your O&P professional for advice on which sports are most beneficial for your child and how best to use the orthosis during sports. Extreme and abrupt movements should certainly be avoided.
The orthosis should be wiped regularly using water and a mild cleaning agent. All pads and closures are combined, and all textile components can be washed and replaced. We recommend washing the pad at least twice a week (machine washable at 40°C).
Replacement pads can of course be ordered through your O&P professional, who will also adjust them as necessary.