Fifteen-year-old Brandon Harris, of Chicago, spent nearly his
entire life wearing an ankle-foot orthotic on his right leg.
Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Harris never seemed to let his
disability get in the way.
He's a natural athlete, says his mother, Crystal Chinn.
But the brace he'd worn since he was 18 months old limited his
That is, until last year, when Brandon was fitted with WalkAide,
a much smaller device that sends electrical signals to his peroneal
nerve, mitigating the effects of his foot drop.
"It has changed his gait dramatically," Chinn says. "It's
WalkAide is used for cases of foot drop caused by stroke,
multiple sclerosis, incomplete spinal cord injury, traumatic brain
injury and cerebral palsy.
In addition to improving a person's ability to walk, it also
increases the distance the wearer can walk.
For Harris, there were unexpected benefits.
For one, he could put away his custom sneakers and opt for more
fashionable brands. No small change for a teenager in high school,
Perhaps more unexpected, Chinn adds, was a noticeable growth in
his leg muscle.
WalkAide is custom fit and painless, Chinn says, though Brandon
did notice a slight sensation early on.
For information, visit hanger.com or call (877) 442-6437.
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