- What are we studying?
People with SCI and other central nervous system disorders often drag a foot when walking. Currently available WalkAides do not work well for people who have inadequate hip flexion, unstable knees or poor push-offs. Using surface FES, the improved WalkAide can assist with foot drop and other weak muscles.
- How will we do that?
Potential participants will be assessed at the lab. Suitable candidates will be fitted with the WalkAide and will then take the equipment home to use for a month.
- Who can participate?
Adults with incomplete spinal cord injury who can walk at least 10 metres with a walking aid, such as a cane, walker or crutches.
- What are some potential benefits?
You should find less effort during walking, and improved walking speed. If you continue with the program, you can keep the device for 1-2 years until a commercial version is available.
- How much time does it take?
Two or three 2-hr visits to the lab for assessment and fitting. You should use the device regularly at home, assuming that you experience no significant problems. Follow-up (2 hours) monthly for three months, then every three months.