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Published on Oct 11, 2007
WalkAide is a medical device that, after more than a decade in development, has received marketing clearance from the FDA for improving walking ability of people suffering from Foot Drop. Foot Drop is a condition caused by weakness or paralysis of the muscles involved in lifting the front part of the foot, which causes a person to drag the toe of the shoe on the ground or slap the foot on the floor.
Invented by a team of researchers at The University of Alberta, WalkAide simulates the typical nerve-to-muscle signals in the leg and foot, effectively lifting the toes at the appropriate time. The resulting movement is a smoother, more natural and safer stepping motion, and faster walking for longer distances with less fatigue. In fact, many people who try WalkAide experience immediate and substantial improvement in their walking ability, which increases their mobility, functionality, and overall independence.
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