Peripheral neuropathy relates to many conditions caused by damage to the peripheral nervous system. This system is the network that sends signals between the central nervous system and the rest of the body. According to the National Institutes of Health, peripheral neuropathy presents in three ways:
- Loss of signals normally sent
- Inappropriate signaling when there shouldn’t be any
- Errors that distort the messages being sent
This condition runs the gamut between mild and severe. In more severe cases, the lack of signaling between the brain and legs can lead to an unsteady gait. The risk of falls is increased and could lead to injury.
Peripheral neuropathy is relatively common, especially among those 55 or older. It is prevalent in diabetics and the elderly. Veterans are also commonly affected. According to the US Department of Veterans, there is a link between soldiers who were exposed to Agent Orange and the development of peripheral neuropathy.
How Our Walkasins Neuroprosthesis Can Help
Walkasins® was developed by Lars Oddsson, PhD, as a solution to the problems associated with peripheral neuropathy. Dr. Oddsson has a background in physiology, engineering and rehabilitation sciences, which led to the development of the Walkasins sensory neuroprosthesis. This external device evaluates balance and delivers sensory signals to nerves in the lower leg, leading to improved balance and a more normal gait. This technology brings a sense of normalcy and a greater degree of freedom to those who suffer from this condition.
Helping people regain independence is the driving force behind RxFunction®. If you or a loved one suffer from peripheral neuropathy, visit our product page here for more information. You can also fill out our contact form and we will get back with you promptly.
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