WalkOn Reaction dorsiflexion assist orthosis
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Benefits at a glance
Walk more naturally
The WalkOn Reaction enables a nearly physiological gait. Depending on your current phase in the gait cycle, extension and flexion of the knee is supported by the special structure (frontal contact) of the orthosis. Your gait pattern becomes smoother.
Fewer compensating movements
Compensating movements can lead to signs of wear. The WalkOn Reaction reduces these with its high energy return. You walk more symmetrically, because the orthosis stores energy at heel strike and releases it again during the rollover movement of the foot.
You gain safety because the WalkOn reaction 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.
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 Reaction in the shoe and then slide in with your foot.
Lightweight and discreet
The WalkOn Reaction is lightweight, slim and discreet under clothing. A shin pad makes it even more comfortable for you. It is made of climate control material (Outlast) which reduces heat development and perspiration.
Robust and durable
The WalkOn Reaction 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, with or without moderate spasticity.
- For slight impairment of the plantar flexion muscles, and for slight impairment of knee extension (e.g. constant fatigue of the knee extensors during long periods of standing or walking)
The indication 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. 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 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 Reaction is determined on a case-by-case basis. You are required to observe national and state laws.