Balance   ⇒  Mobility  ⇒ Confidence

 

What are walkasins

Walkasins help improve your balance sense. They are a lower limb wearable sensory prosthesis that replaces lost foot pressure sensation needed for balance and mobility.

How walkasins work

Foot pads measure foot pressure, and gentle tactile cues (similar to cell phone vibrations) provide balance information around the leg.

Who are walkasins for

Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) patients who have a need to improve balance.

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Compared to their peers, PN patients:

  • >  Experience 15 times more fall related injuries[1]

  • >  Walk and react slower, and have impaired balance[2]

  • >  Are most likely unaware they have balance risks[3]

 

What are the Benefits:

  • >  Improves walking and balance after about 30 minutes of training

  • >  Walkasins facilitate participation in balance exercises

  • >  Participation in exercise can improve balance and fitness of PN patients [4],[5]

  • >  Walkasins may help regain confidence in balance and mobility

 

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[1] Cavanagh PR, Derr JA, Ulbrecht JS, Maser RE, Orchard TJ. Problems with gait and posture in neuropathic patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Diabet Med. 1992;9:469–74.
[2] Menz HB, Lord SR, St George R, Fitzpatrick RC. Walking stability and sensorimotor function in older people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2004; 85: 245–52.
[3] Bongaerts BW, et al: Older subjects with diabetes and prediabetes are frequently unaware of having distal sensorimotor polyneuropathy: the KORA F4 study. Diabetes Care 2013; 36: 1141–1146.
[4] Cadore EL, Izquierdo M. Exercise interventions in polypathological aging patients that coexist with diabetes mellitus: improving functional status and quality of life. Age (Dordr). 2015 Jun;37(3):64. doi: 10.1007/s11357-015-9800-2. Epub 2015 Jun 9
[5] Kanade, R. V., R. W. van Deursen, K. Harding, and P. Price: Walking performance in people with diabetic neuropathy: benefits and threats. Diabetologia 49 (8):1747-1754, 2006
[6] K. Statler, D.Wrisley, R. Karlsson, M. Stephens, L. Oddsson and C.Wall (2007) Vibrotactile feedback of mediallateral trunk tilt or foot pressure reduces risk of falling in healthy older adults. Proceeding of International Society for Posture and Gait Research 18th International Conference, Burlington, Vermont, p. 49
 

Additional information:

Diabetes -  CDC (Center for Disease Control)

Peripheral Neuropathy -  NIH (National  Institute of Health)

Walkasins are currently being designed and developed for individuals with peripheral neuropathy who have balance problems.  Walkasins have not been submitted to the FDA for review, and are not available for sale at this time.