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AposHealth® is available through a network of selected private physical therapy and multidisciplinary clinics that are qualified to deliver AposHealth® treatment. Treatment is administered and monitored by specially trained AposHealth® clinicians.

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The reason AposHealth® has worked for so many people is that it is personalized to each one’s specific needs. The process begins with a full, in-depth clinical consultation of the patient’s gait (walking mechanics), pain levels and day-to-day restrictions. This evaluation forms the basis of a personalized one-hour-a-day treatment program.

AposHealth® treatment includes a personally-adjusted, footworn biomechanical device that includes Pertupods – convex sole attachments under your forefoot and heel. Your clinician selects and positions the most suitable Pertupods to redistribute pressure away from the affected areas of your joints and retrain your muscles through controlled micro-instability.

AposHealth® unique approach is supported by the AposIQ unit, which combines innovative technology, data science and over a decade of experience in gait modification to determine the optimal way to adjust patients’ gaits over time.

During your initial consultation, your clinician will perform several examinations in order to personalize the treatment program to your unique needs.
Over time, as you continue to use the AposHealth® device daily, your body’s natural biomechanics change along with your muscle control and coordination. As a result, your AposHealth® footworn device needs to be readjusted to build upon the improvements you have already made. Therefore, your therapist will reassess your program at follow-up consultations. 

During follow-up consultations you will repeat many of the examinations that you did at the initial consultation and, when necessary, your AposHealth® device will be adjusted and your personalized treatment program updated.

Our bodies typically react to lower-extremity joint pain by changing the way we walk. Usually patients with lower-extremity pain will present shorter strides decreased walking speed and will avoid putting weight on the painful area. As a result, the sufferer may limp but not necessarily in an obvious manner.
At your initial consultation, a computerized gait analysis will provide an objective, scientific assessment of your walking patterns – including load distribution on each leg, stride length, gait symmetry and more. This, along with the rest of the assessment, enables the clinician to customize the AposHealth® program to your unique needs and objectively monitor your progress throughout the treatment.

No. AposHealth® transforms your normal daily routine into a positive and simple pain relief activity. The treatment improves your body’s biomechanics and re-educates your muscles with minimal interruption to your daily routine. 

Although not required, having an exercise program in addition to AposHealth® may be beneficial. Your AposHealth® clinician can advise you about exercises that can be appropriate for you.

AposHealth® fits seamlessly into your day. All you have to do is remember to put them on for about one hour per day while you go about your regular daily routine. 

The personalized treatment program generally continues for 12 months. The length for you will depend on your specific clinical needs.
The process includes an initial visit with a trained AposHealth® clinician, which can last for about 1.5 hours and then 3 to 5 follow-up consultations, which typically last for around an hour each.

No matter how long you continue with the treatment program, the shoes remain yours to keep. 

In a survey of people who had been suffering with pain for an average of six years, patients reported reduced pain within 4 weeks of starting AposHealth®4. A clinical study that monitored patients with knee osteoarthritis for two years indicated continued pain relief5.

As with any pain relief programs, individual results may vary. 

Generally, the AposHealth® program is not suitable for individuals who:

  • Have unexplained recurrent falls
  • Experience balance problems (that require using a walking aid indoors)
  • Suffer from severe osteoporosis

Patients considering AposHealth® for use prior to joint replacement surgery should consult with their doctors and related healthcare professionals.

Patients considering AposHealth® for use after joint replacement surgery should consult with their doctors and related healthcare professionals.

In 2020 JAMA article comparing AposHealth® to a sham device, there were no additional adverse events in patients treated with AposHealth®.42 AposHealth® is appropriate for adult patients of all ages, including elderly patients. All AposHealth® patients are assessed for suitability prior to beginning the program. AposHealth® risks include muscle and joint soreness and the foot-worn device may require adjustment. Falling is a potential risk.

Clinical studies published in leading medical journals indicate improvements in joint function42 and quality of life43,3,5,31 following AposHealth® knee treatment. Developed by experts in orthopedics and sports medicine, AposHealth® offers an innovative and safe42 approach for treatment. AposHealth® has been used by over 100,000 patients worldwide.

In North America, AposHealth® is available in New York, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico through a network of trained AposHealth® clinicians. AposHealth® is also available in the UK, and Israel. 

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AposHealth® is covered by a number of insurance companies. You may be eligible for coverage under your private medical insurance plan, to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

To check if your insurance company covers AposHealth, please contact us here

The importance of gait (walking mechanics)

“Gait” is simply the manner in which your body walks. By moving your limbs in a particular pattern it makes it possible to walk from one place to another. Having a normal gait makes it possible to walk efficiently while expending a minimal amount of effort.
If the muscles or joints in the lower part of the body are unable to work the way that is required while walking, the normal gait pattern is disrupted. This can be caused by previous injuries or the wear-and-tear process of aging. This disruption of the normal gait pattern can cause the body to adopt different movement patterns to compensate for the affected joints or muscles while walking. However, this new abnormal gait pattern usually causes more stress on the joints and muscles, which can lead to several short-term and long-term problems. Problems caused by an abnormal gait include: pain, muscle tightness, decreased muscle control and increased load on the joints.

The AposHealth® foot-worn device is customized to each patient’s needs using hundreds of data points including computerized gait analysis and visual assessment by a trained clinician.

The customization process is supported by the AposIQ® business unit, combining innovative technology, data science and over a decade of experience in gait modification to determine the optimal way to adjust patients’ gaits over time.

Gait modification means being able to change the way you walk. AposHealth® modifies gait and is clinically proven42 to improve the following gait health indicators:

✓ Walking speed (velocity)

✓ Muscle control

✓ Muscle coordination

✓ Single limb support (balance)

✓ Step length

AposHealth® is the only company that has patents on functional gait modification technology.

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