The Functional Gait Assessment (FGA) is the preferred metric for gait balance and can predict future falls. It has been shown to be low in individuals with peripheral neuropathy7,8.
A history of falls has been linked to reduced confidence with mobility, decreased activity levels, ultimately contributing to decreased quality of life9.
Gait speed typically declines with age and it declines faster in those with peripheral neuropathy10,11.
Slower gait speed is related to increased disability, hospitalization, mortality, need for fall prevention interventions and reduced access to the community12.
Sensory information from plantar cutaneous mechanoreceptors, important for postural control and balance, is lost as a result of peripheral neuropathy.4
Epidemiological evidence has linked patients with peripheral neuropathy to:
Walkasins sensory neuroprosthesis can improve gait and balance function in patients with peripheral neuropathy who have balance impairments.5
Walkasins is indicated for patients with lower limb sensory peripheral neuropathy who present with gait and balance impairments. Walkasins is indicated for patients who can feel the tactile stimuli from the Leg Unit on the lower leg.
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