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Postural Control and Ankle Foot Orthotics

Posted Oct 15 2012 6:10am

Recent research studied the effects of ankle foot orthotics on trunk postural control and lower limb coordination in 20 children (ages 4-12) with and without cerebral palsy.  The results of tridimensional trunk kinematics and thigh, shank, and foot elevation angles while walking barefoot and with ankle foot orthotics indicated the following
  • significantly greater trunk excursions in children with cerebral palsy compared to
    typically developing children in both conditions
  • when wearing ankle foot orthotics, increased trunk frontal angular velocity was seen in children with cerebral palsy whereas typically developing children showed increased trunk frontal displacement
  • no significant changes in trunk displacement and angular velocity were recorded in the sagittal plane in either group
  • significant changes in shank and foot elevation was seen in both groups when wearing the ankle foot orthotics
Reference: Degelean M, De Borre L, Salvia P, Pelc K, Kerckhofs E, De Meirleir L, Cheron G, Dan B. Effect of ankle-foot orthoses on trunk sway and lower limb intersegmental coordination in children with bilateral cerebral palsy. J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2012 Jan 1;5(3):171-9.
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