Also supports the knee joint
People with permanent dorsiflexor weakness depend on a medical aid that lifts their foot while walking.
That is precisely what the WalkOn Reaction does. It helps lift the foot during the swing phase, so that the gait becomes safer while the risk of stumbling and falling is reduced. The tip of the foot no longer gets caught as easily on small obstacles or uneven ground.
Thanks to its special design, the WalkOn Reaction supports the knee joint as well. When the foot lowering musculature is impaired in addition, you also benefit from the high energy return of the orthosis, which is activated during the rollover motion of the foot. You walk more naturally again.
The foot component ensures the flexible rollover of the foot while walking.
Lower leg shell with shin pad
The shin pad is on the lower leg shell. It is made of a climate control material (Outlast) and can be easily applied to the leg with a hook-and-loop fastener. The user benefits from improved hygiene and pleasant wearer comfort.
With frontal contact, the WalkOn Reaction not only lifts the foot, it also supports the knee joint.
Thanks to the medial spring, the WalkOn Reaction stores energy during the heel strike and releases it again with the rollover movement. It features a high energy return.
Benefits at a glance
Walk more naturally
The WalkOn Reaction enables a nearly physiological gait. Depending on your current phase in the gait cycle, extension and flexion of the knee is supported by the special structure (frontal contact) of the orthosis. Your gait pattern becomes smoother.
Fewer compensating movements
Compensating movements can lead to signs of wear. The WalkOn Reaction reduces these with its high energy return. You walk more symmetrically, because the orthosis stores energy at heel strike and releases it again during the rollover movement of the foot.
You gain safety because the WalkOn reaction supports and lifts your foot in the swing phase while walking. The risk of getting caught with the tip of the foot, for example on carpet edges or uneven ground, is reduced.
Use regular footwear
The orthosis fits in any shoe that provides support. You should merely ensure that the shoe has a reinforced heel. To put on the orthosis, you should position the WalkOn Reaction in the shoe and then slide in with your foot.
Lightweight and discreet
The WalkOn Reaction is lightweight, slim and discreet under clothing. A shin pad makes it even more comfortable for you. It is made of climate control material (Outlast) which reduces heat development and perspiration.
Robust and durable
The WalkOn Reaction is especially robust. It has proven its durability in tests and long-term function testing.
WalkOn Product Family
There are four WalkOn orthoses. This allows your doctor or orthotist to select the product that is most suitable for your personal condition and the severity of your paralysis.
- Dorsal flexor weakness, with or without moderate spasticity. For slight impairment of the plantar flexion muscles, and for slight impairment of knee extension (e.g. constant fatigue of the knee extensors during long periods of standing or walking)
- For slight impairment of the plantar flexion muscles, and for slight impairment of knee extension (e.g. constant fatigue of the knee extensors during long periods of standing or walking)
The indication frequently occurs after a stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular atrophy or peroneal paralysis.
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WalkOn product family information for users
This brochure informs you about the benefits and effects of the WalkOn ankle foot orthoses.
We recommend that you place the orthosis into the shoe first and then slide in with your foot. Then you can simply fasten the hook-and-loop closures.
No, but you should select a sturdy shoe with a reinforced heel. It is important that the orthosis fits firmly so that it moves as little as possible. We also recommend a heel height of 10 mm; alternatively this can be determined by your orthotist. An additional pair of shoes should of course have the same heel height.
Yes, in fact it is recommended that you are active. Speak to your orthotist to get their advice on which sports are the most beneficial and how to make the best use of your orthosis. You should however avoid extreme and abrupt movements.
The orthosis should be wiped regularly using water and a mild cleaning agent. All pads and closures are combined, and all textile components can be washed and replaced. We recommend washing the pad at least twice a week (machine washable at 40°C).
Replacement pads can of course be ordered through your orthotist. He or she adapts the pads for you personally to ensure they fit.
It is not possible to make any specific recommendation. You must be able to safely control any vehicle for which you require a driving licence and insurance, or which is used in traffic. This ability when wearing a WalkOn Reaction is determined on a case-by-case basis. You are required to observe national and state laws.