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When do you need the Wheeleo?

When do you need the Wheeleo?

Definition :

From a descriptive point of view, the Wheeleo is a quadripod cane with wheels.
From a functional point of view, the Wheeleo can be considered as a one-handed rollator (4 wheels).

Background :

For many people, the change from a walking frame to a four-wheel rollator improves fluidity, stability and comfort at a higher walking speed. Indeed, the user must not stop to move his frame. He's not losing his footing.

Wheeleo is based on this same evolution.

When can Wheeleo be indicated?

  1. When there is only one functional/valid/available hand:
      • Upper limb paralysis (hemiplegia, trauma, TC, MS, ...)
      • Upper limb amputation
      • Arm in plaster
      • An arm is used to carry or handle an object (cup of coffee, ...).

    The Wheeleo provides constant support on the ground, offering stability, comfort, safety and fluidity of movement...

    1. When the handling of a rollator is complicated due to lack of space.
      Many rollator users do not use it indoors due to lack of space. They then move around with nothing or with a cane. So they lose the advantage of the rollator.
      The Wheeleo offers great manoeuvrability compared to a rollator, with the same constant feeling of support.
      1. For a visually impaired person with reduced mobility (age, pathology)
        The coordination between a white cane (side sweeping) and a classic cane (lifting, moving forward, putting down, ...) is an almost impossible exercise.
        The Wheeleo does not require attention to be handled correctly. The use of the Wheeleo is compatible with the coordination of a white cane.

         

        1. When a rollator gives too much help, while a classic cane gives too little help.
            • Geriatrics
            • Orthopaedics (PTH, PTG, braces amputees, osteoarthritis, polyarthritis, ...)
            • Neurology

          The Wheeleo is a good transition between a rollator and a walking stick: the effect of a rollator and the clutter of a stick. Ideal to promote fluidity of walking.

           

          1. For the person who needs the support of someone ("arm in arm") to feel comfortable walking.
          The Wheeleo replaces this support. The person regains that little bit of support that allows them to walk safely. She can replace the support person.

           

          1. When coordination of walking with a cane is problematic. Pks, dementia, ...

            The use of the Wheeleo does not require a lot of attention (low cognitive load).

             

            The "ideal" profile is the person who walks indoors with a cane asymmetrically, slowly and in three stages (moves one foot, the other foot, then the cane).
            The Wheeleo naturally allows 2-stroke walking, with greater symmetry, larger steps, greater speed while maintaining the same level of stability and comfort.
            Of course, like any mobility aid, the Wheeleo cannot be suitable for every situation. An assessment of the suitability of the Wheeleo must be carried out to avoid any risk of falling.
            Do you use the Wheeleo in any other indication? Share your experience!
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            Explained: Walking with a continuous flow

            Explained: Walking with a continuous flow

            When clinically analyzing a person's gait, there are many characteristics to be observed. Among these, the number of times the gait cycle takes is a very easy to objectify. This observation also provides a lot of information about walking ability. 

            Let's see together what the difference is between a 2-stroke and a 3-stroke walk.

             

            A healthy person

            The walking of a healthy person on regular ground is said to be "two-step".
            It is in fact a cycle consisting of a support time for the right foot and a support time for the left foot.
            When we watch this person walking, we can "right - left - right - left - ...". We can also count "1-2-1-2-1...". The time interval between 1-2 and 2-1 is the same.

            A healthy person on crutches

            If we ask the same person to walk with a crutch, he or she will move the crutch synchronously with the opposite leg: Same contact time on the ground and same swing time.

            In the same way as without a crutch, we will be able to say "right - left - right - left - ...". We will also be able to count "1-2-1-2-1...". The time interval between 1-2 and 2-1 is also the same.

            Walking with this crutch does not interfere with the speed and fluidity of the walk.

             
             

            Hemiplegic person

            It is not the same with a person with severe motor impairment. Indeed, if we observe a hemiparetic person at the beginning of rehabilitation, this person will probably adopt a "three-step" walk. The gait cycle will include a time for cane support, one for support of one foot and one for support of the other foot.

            By observing this person, we will be able to say "cane - left foot - right foot - cane - left foot - right foot - ...". We will also be able to count "1-2-3-1-2-3-1-...". The time of double support is significantly increased.

            A person with a severe deficiency is not able to balance on one foot while moving the other leg and cane (like a healthy person). So she pauses, leaning on her two feet, balanced, to advance her cane. It is a compensation, an adaptation to his difficult situation. 

             

            Healthy person in a delicate situation

            Note that a healthy person in a delicate situation (mountain) adopts this same type of walk in 3 steps to ensure his or her safety.

             
             

            Hemiplegic person with a Wheeleo

            In order to enable a patient to walk in 2 stages (repetition of a correct walking pattern) early and spontaneously, it may be advisable to use a Wheeleo walking stick. The Wheeleo's constant support on the ground provides extra support throughout the entire walking cycle, making walking more fluid, stable, fast and comfortable.

            By observing a person walking with a Wheeleo who usually walks in 3 strokes with a classic cane, we will be able to say "right - left - right - left - ...". We will also be able to count "1-2-1-2-1...". The time interval between 1-2 and 2-1 tends to be more symmetrical.

            The patient respects his need to always have two supports on the ground while adopting a near-normal approach.

             
             
             

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