What is the right patient type for ASTRO XO™?
ASTRO XO™ is recommended for patients who suffer from gait related pain that may cause symptoms such as limping or inability to participate in physical activities.
How quickly do patients experience results from using ASTRO XO™?
Most patients notice results within 2-6 weeks of regular use, including improved gait and stronger forward propulsion when walking.
Can orthotics be worn when using ASTRO XO™?
Using orthotics as an adjunct with ASTRO XO™ can be very effective to relieve pain and improve gait normalization.
Does the patient wear the device all day?
No. The ASTRO XO™ device is designed to be worn while walking 20-30 minutes (1-2 miles per day). You can wear it for longer distances, but this is not required to have success using the ASTRO XO™.
Can the patient wear other clothes than shorts using the device?
Yes. The ASTRO XO™ can be worn discreetly under loose-fitting pants or sweats to cover the exoskeleton components. Also, the split design of ASTRO XO™’s high tech knee brace allows the patient to wear ASTRO XO™ on the outside of the pant leg, sweats or sport leggings.
What material is the ASTRO XO™ device made of?
- The ASTRO XO™ device is proudly sourced and manufactured in the UNITED STATES!
- The ASTRO XO™ knee component has been designed using Koolflex.
- Koolflex is a light, cool and comfortable material constructed of a poly-nylon core with a poly-spandex blend outer cover, which enhances airflow. This light weight, open cell structure allows air to pass easily through the material. With Koolflex's unique knitting construction, perspiration is wicked from the side next to the body to the outside layer of the fabric where it evaporates, thus retarding bacterial growth. There are no known dermatological problems associated with this material, as there is no crude oil latex used in the manufacturing of Koolflex. This material also has adequate stretch and memory for a better fit.
- The Elastic Actuator is made from military specification grade elastic cord which offers durability and reliable function as part of the ASTRO XO™ device.
- The Foot Bracket is made from low carbon steel which allows the rigidity needed for proper function while allowing the bracket to flex as the patient walks forward.
Is the ASTRO XO™ safe to use?
Yes. ASTRO XO™ has been clinically tested and is safe when the instructions and guidance provided in the Instructions for Use are followed.
Will the patient have to use ASTRO XO™ permanently?
No. ASTRO XO™ is not intended to be used permanently, but intermittent use may be appropriate for some patients to manage gait rehabilitation. Once the patient completes the ASTRO XO™ Recovery Program (approximately 8 weeks), the patient should be able to reduce use of the device and return to full ambulation.
What is the best type of shoe to wear using the device?
To give yourself the best chance at recovery and rehabilitation, it is recommended to buy a new pair of quality running or athletic walking shoes to ensure your foot is being exercised with shoes that are not worn out and contributing to your condition.
While ASTRO XO™ is designed to work with most athletic shoes, running or athletic walking shoes that have a channel at the mid-point of the shoe are recommended for use with ASTRO XO™.
What is the appropriate knee shape for ASTRO XO™?
ASTRO XO™ fits most patients comfortably, however patients should have a thigh circumference no more than 6" greater than their knee circumference (as measured 4" above the knee).
What are the ASTRO XO™ contraindications?
A patient should not use ASTRO XO™ if he/she has any of the following diseases and conditions that may be exacerbated by use of the product.
- Diabetic peripheral neuropathy or other diabetic foot complications.
- Poor circulation in the lower extremities (ex. Peripheral Artery Disease, etc.).
- Cardiovascular conditions that would prevent the patient from safely walking up to two miles per day wearing the ASTRO XO™ device.
- Orthopedic and other conditions in the leg, knee, foot, ankle and hip that could be adversely affected by the ASTRO XO™ device.
- Lower leg muscles and tendons that are torn or at risk of rupture.
- Stroke rehabilitation conditions like drop foot, where added plantar flexion would be detrimental to walking gait and balance.
- Inadequate balance and gait control such that ASTRO XO™ use would significantly increase the risk of a serious fall or other injury.
- Any other condition where use of the ASTRO XO™ would be detrimental to the patient.