WalkOn and WalkOn Trimable dorsiflexion assist orthoses
People with permanent dorsiflexor weakness depend on a medical aid that lifts their foot while walking.
That is precisely what the WalkOn 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.
The ankle foot orthosis is made of a modern carbon fibre prepreg material which is very lightweight. There is a carbon fibre spring at the back that extends from the Achilles tendon to the calf. For users with residual musculature, the WalkOn provides support while walking. At toe-off the orthosis releases previously stored energy so that walking becomes smoother. The ankle joint is stabilised at the same time.
The dorsal spring connects the lower leg shell with the foot component. The WalkOn is made of a lightweight carbon fibre prepreg material and features moderate energy return.
Lower leg shell
The calf pad is on the lower leg shell of the WalkOn. It consists of a climate control material (Outlast) and can be easily applied to the leg with a hook-and-loop closure.
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.
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Benefits at a glance
You gain safety because the WalkOn supports and lifts your foot during 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.
Walk more naturally
The special material stores energy when you step down with the heel and releases it again during the rollover movement of the foot. This makes walking more natural for you – regardless of whether you walk slow or fast, or how much weight you put on the foot.
You can move naturally with the WalkOn 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 is ideally suited for numerous everyday situations.
Lightweight and discreet
The WalkOn 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 in the shoe and then slide in your foot.
Robust and durable
The WalkOn is especially robust. It has proven its durability in tests 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.
The only difference between the WalkOn and WalkOn Trimable is how the orthopaedic technician adapts the orthosis for you. Your orthopaedic technician will select the technique he or she is most comfortable with.
- Dorsiflexor weakness with slight to moderate spasticity
- The WalkOn is suitable for indoor and outdoor use by users with no or only mild impairment of motor control in the knee joint, and possibly a slight instability in the ankle joint.
- 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. 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 is determined on a case-by-case basis. You are required to observe national and state laws.
The WalkOn is made to help those with drop foot, dorsiflexor paresis/paralysis, peroneal nerve palsy, CVA or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. If you require greater support for moderate to severe drop foot, the 28U11 WalkOn and 28U23 WalkOn Trimable provide more stability. For mild drop foot, the 28U22 WalkOn Flex provides comfort and flexibility. With the WalkOn Flex, the feeling of pressure is lighter on the ball of the foot than with the standard WalkOn design.
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