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Device restores mobility after nerve damage

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:24pm
Chicago Tribune

By Terri Yablonsky Stat | Special to the Chicago Tribune
August 26, 2008

Michaelene Needham, 44, of Northbrook has multiple sclerosis and relied on a cane and then a walker for years. Now the mother of three is finding new mobility and energy for her busy life.

Needham, like other people with upper motor neuron injuries including stroke, spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy, can now walk with greater ease using the Walk-Aide System. The WalkAide is an orthotic device made by Innovative Neurotronics that helps people with foot drop, a condition that inhibits a person's ability to raise the front part of the foot.

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