The Free Walk was developed for patients who, due to a partial paralysis or a complete failure of the knee extensors, are unable to stabilize their knee without compensatory measures. Our innovative design creates a more natural gait cycle by locking during stance phase and unlocking during swing phase. The automatic lock is initiated by knee extension, and is only released to swing freely when a knee extension moment and dorsiflexion occur simultaneously during terminal stance. The result is a more secure, efficient gait that also reduces the incidence of typical gait compensations.
This allows your customer to flex the leg and let it swing through freely. Non-physiological movements, which are associated with hyperextension of the joint through the compensatory use of the gluteus muscles in the use of conventional orthoses, are effectively reduced. Subsequent damages such as ligament instability and arthrosis complaints are therefore minimized. The Free Walk orthosis also relieves the back, hips, and knee joint. It provides your customer with security, stability, greater mobility as well as a largely normal gait.