SmartStep Technology

Taking the steps to relearn to walk after experiencing loss of lower limb function due to a stroke or other neurological disease can be a difficult and time-consuming process. But the smart Step rehabilitation system is advancing the rehabilitation process, helping patients improve weight-bearing and walking capabilities at a faster pace.

Developed by Israel-based Andante Medical Devices Ltd., SmartStep has a flexible, lightweight insole attached to a compact wireless control unit that is worn around the patient's ankle.

The device analyzes and records the force used by the heel and the forefoot when the patient stands or takes a step.

Data is wirelessly transmitted of a computer running the SmartStep software and gives audio and visual feedback on the patient's progress. The interactive training software enables self training and exercise in front of a multimedia display, increasing patient motivation and performance, and improving the effectiveness of each therapy session.

SmartStep Software provides immediate and long-term data about the patient's performance, allowing clinicians to measure the patient's progress and plan future goals.

SmartStep helps therapists and physicians:

  • Quantify patient performance
  • Determine rehabilitation goals
  • Evaluate treatment progress

SmartStep Can help patients with:

  • Hip fracture
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Joint replacement
  • Orthopedic or sports injuries
  • Other neurological conditions that affect walking

Accredited by The Joint Commission, HealthSouth's inpatient rehabilitation hospitals provide a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from stroke and other neurological disorders, brain and spinal cord injury, amputations, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions.

For more information about SmartStep, contact a HealthSouth Hospital near you.