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Effect of Manipulation of the Ankle Joint on Gait

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified May 2013 by University of Bridgeport
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First received: November 5, 2012
Last updated: May 9, 2013
Last verified: May 2013

The purpose of this study is to determine if manipulation of the ankle improves some measurable characteristics of how a person walks. The investigators hypothesize that the ankle will be able to bend better after manipulation and thus improve walking speed and reduce differences between the two limbs.

Condition Intervention
Procedure: Ankle manipulation
Other: Sham manipulation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of Manipulation of the Tibiotalar Joint on Gait

Further study details as provided by University of Bridgeport:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in self-selected walking speed [ Time Frame: Day 1 and 6 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Subjects will pick the speed they want to walk on the treadmill but will be blinded to their choice. The actual speed chosen will be recorded.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in side-to-side difference in stance phase [ Time Frame: Day 1 and 6 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Measurement of the change in the difference in single stance phase between the left foot and right foot.

  • Change in difference in step length from side-to-side [ Time Frame: Day 1 and 6 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Measurement of the change in the difference in step length between the left foot and right foot

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: February 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Ankle manipulation
Treatment will consist of manipulation of the tibiotalar joint intended to produce anterior to posterior glide of the tibia on the talus
Procedure: Ankle manipulation
Sham Comparator: Sham manipulation
Sham manipulative procedure of the tibiotalar joint.
Other: Sham manipulation


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Students will be screened for eligibility by testing their ability to perform a squat.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • a recent (within one month) ankle sprain
  • evidence of ankle instability
  • cardiac condition
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01787721

Contact: Stephen M Perle, DC, MS 2035764248

United States, Connecticut
University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic Human Performance Laboratory Recruiting
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States, 06604
Contact: Stephen M Perle, DC, MS    203-576-4248   
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Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Bridgeport
Principal Investigator: Stephen M Perle, DC, MS University of Bridgeport
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: University of Bridgeport Identifier: NCT01787721     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UB-SMP-001
Study First Received: November 5, 2012
Last Updated: May 9, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Bridgeport:
Ankle joint
Manipulation, Chiropractic processed this record on November 24, 2014