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Old 03-17-2009, 11:35 AM
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Default WalkAide "friggin awesome!"

One of my good friends recently had a chance to test out the WalkAide, a device that straps to your leg to aide foot drop. He was skeptical. How well could a tiny device running on a single AA battery work?

Before the test, they told him to get good and tired, so he walked until his leg was jello. They then set him up with the WalkAide, calibrating it for stride length, etc., and then told my buddy (a veteran MSer with 18 years experience) to go on stroll. No cane. No rollator. The result?

"Friggin awesome, Dave" he said. He could do rounds and rounds of walking without fatigue. Hills became speed bumps. Stairs: no problem.

Is this the Holy Grail? No, but early reviews suggest it works as advertised. More details to come!
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:11 PM
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I tested the WalkAid 3 weeks ago. It is pretty awsome. The tec was very specific and patient to get it in sync with my walking stride.

Until insurance will help pay though, it's not in the ball park for me.

There is also the Bioness (SP?) that works well also and is more user friendly while doing other things besides straight walking (such as cooking). I'd like to try that also but until it's approved for MS, it would be a waste of time I guess.
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:01 PM
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Unhappy Bioness not for Everyone

I tried the Bioness combined with several months of PT and, for me, it did not help. This doesn't mean it won't help a lot of MSers; it does mean, it has to address specific foot drop issues in order to be successful.

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Old 12-01-2010, 06:40 PM
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Anyone else test these products? I don't have foot drop, so I'm not a good candidate to test these walking gizmos. More opinions are welcome (indeed, needed!).
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:32 PM
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Unhappy Tested Walkaide

Hello. I am new to this forum. I had an evaluation appointment with Hanger today to test the WalkAide. I am fairly disappointed. The PT was able to get my foot to move when he would first start the STIM, but then the movement would stop. He tried everything he could think of. He changed the electrodes and then battery. But nothing worked. He said he had not worked with the WalkAide very much and suggested I come back when the other PT is back from vacation, since he had worked the WalkAide more. The appointment is for August 2.
Has anyone one else had this issue?
I was diagnosed with MS about 20 months ago. I have foot drop and walking any distance by myself has become increasingly difficult.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:36 PM
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I have tried both the Walkaid and Bioness in a clinic setting for brief periods. There was some help but not enough to warrant the price. It also seemed a little fiddly. And required wardrobe considerations. I am trying my own electrical stimulation to help the foot drop and regular talking to my foot to help with the messaging. But,as we keep saying, we're all different and get different results. Too bad you have to wait so long to get another assessment.

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Old 08-21-2012, 09:50 AM
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I have not been able to replicate successful trial with the sales Rep (Walk Aid) with the Hanger clinic tech. It bzzz at the right time, but minimal response from my leg. I need to make decision quickly, but frustrating to know it COULD and SHOULD work, but settings are not right. Left message for sales rep yesterday, but no response. Another appt Friday wit h Hanger person that does one or two set ups a month. Frustrating
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:57 PM
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Thumbs up Walk Aide

I have had a Walk Aide for over two years, totally awesome and has changed my life dramatically thanks to Hanger! The walk aide recently malfunctioned, found it had to be replaced, I can not live without it, so I will be purchasing another one. Just a reminder that the purchase is not forever, they carry a two year warranty, my first one lasted 27 months. Expensive...yes, but a huge improvement in quality of life.

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