The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy is committed to sharing news of new treatments and products that some patients find makes living with peripheral neuropathy easier.*
WalkJoy is a wearable, FDA cleared, biofeedback medical device that helps improve balance and reduce falls for people suffering from numbness in their feet due to peripheral neuropathy. In clinical trials, 70% of patients tested had a statistically significant improvement in their balance and gait. All of these patients had no feeling in their feet. WalkJoy helps restore proprioception by providing a secondary, vibrotactile signal upon heel strike on the healthy nerves around the knee. This signal informs the brain that the foot just struck the ground and the motor system takes control. Based on the new signal and restored proprioception, patients walk with more balance, independence and confidence
WalkJoy requires a prescription and is available for a free 10-day trail. Most individuals see immediate results within the first day of wearing them while they walk. WalkJoy is drug free and worn externally, so it is risk free. For more information, call 855-WALKJOY (925-5569) or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and use TFFPN16 code in your message. Please visit the website at www.walkjoy.com.
IMPORTANT NOTES: For WalkJoy to be effective, the individual must still have feeling just below the knee. WalkJoy does not help with pain mitigation. WalkJoy is not effective on individuals who have neuropathy due to a spinal cord injury.
* The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy is not specifically endorsing Walk Joy, but provides this information as a community service to inform you on the variety of options available to improve quality of life with PN. Please consult with your physician before trying any new treatments or devices.
Testimonials from Patients
I am a 78 year old retired Plastic Surgeon. I had a major back surgery 9 years ago with total success. Post-surgery, I noted there was a burning in both feet and the surgeon said it could not be repaired. Over the next few years, I was told I had Peripheral Neuropathy, etiology unknown. The burning went away, but I had complete numbness resulting in loss of balance that slowly developed into full blown problems that were debilitating. After two years, my EMG showed destruction of the axons and myelin.
I have been using the WalkJoy for several months now and am thrilled with the results that have been fabulous. I play golf 6 days a week with amazing balance, improving my game and I am using the treadmill with increasing speed. Socially I feel more comfortable in movies and getting up from a table. My general walking has increasing length of strides and my improved balance is life changing for me. I am grateful for the wonderful way my active life has improved.
I sincerely hope more neurologists are made aware of the WalkJoy product to make their patient’s lives much better.
Larry R. MD FACS Palm Beach Gardens, FL
“I feel more stable and in control.”
I am an 80-year-old male and I have had idiopathic axonal sensory peripheral neuropathy for at least 10 years. It has progressed to the point where I have no sensory nerve response from my toes to below the knees. As a result, my balance is very poor and I use a cane. I was becoming sedentary as my ability to maintain my balance declined. I read about the WalkJoy units in my Neuropathy Association newsletter and decided to give them a try.
What a difference they make! I wear the WalkJoy units nearly full time. When walking I am able to increase my stride and speed, and I feel more stable and in control. I walk several miles a day for exercise, and my neighbors have commented on my improved mobility.
I feel the WalkJoy units are enabling me to avoid having to use a walker, and ultimately a wheel chair. I am very pleased with my increased mobility. Thank you, WalkJoy!”
Lee M. Modesto, CA
“My first reaction…was astonishment.”
My first reaction to trying out the WalkJoy units was astonishment. Within about a dozen paces, I was walking with an almost normal gait. All without feeling anything detectable from the units.
I am 92 years old and have had idiopathic peripheral neuropathy for at least the past dozen years. I have fallen a few times, and I have to watch my feet when I walk. My excellent physical therapist found that I still have some proprioception (muscle sense) available in my feet, and exercises have helped improve my balance.
The improvement when using WalkJoy is clear and almost immediately evident to me. I now wear them most of the day, every day. There is a temporary residual effect when I take them off, and it takes almost an hour before my walking gait deteriorates. WalkJoy is an excellent product, but it is not, I repeat, not a cure. My balance tests show that without WalkJoy my proprioception is still faulty – especially when I try to stand, unsupported with my eyes closed. Don’t expect miracles.
William T., Ph.D. Sarasota, FL