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Peripheral Neuropathy & Balance

Peripheral neuropathy (PN) involves damage to peripheral nerves, the sensory nerves to our outer extremities that help us feel pain, touch, and position.

With severe peripheral neuropathy of the feet and legs, patients are unable to sense where their feet are positioned. Their brain simply doesn’t know how to keep the body balanced because it can’t tell where the feet are.

This damage results in numbness and often pain in the hands and feet, and reduced ability to feel vibrations and touch, causing loss of sensation, reflexes, and movement for walking and balance. Because of this loss of sensation, physical activity and quality of life can be significantly reduced.

Studies have found that peripheral neuropathy is also a major risk factor for falls. Fall-related injuries including hip fractures are up to 15 times more likely in patients with peripheral neuropathy compared to a healthy individual.

Learn more about peripheral neuropathy & balance

¹ National Institutes of Health Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet

² Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy

³ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the next 13 seconds

an older adult will be treated in a hospital emergency department for injuries related to a fall.³

In the next 20 minutes,

an older adult will die from injuries from a fall.³

Indication for Use

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. Please refer to the Safety Information for a complete listing of warnings and cautions.

Caution: Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician.