Muscle Activity With the Use of Ankle Foot Orthoses in Cerebral Palsy
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The purpose of this study is to investigate the change in muscle activity during gait with the use of ankle foot orthoses in children diagnosed with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.
Condition or disease
A small group of children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy is investigated by 3D instrumented gait analysis. Muscle activity is measured by surface electromyography (sEMG) of selected lower limb muscle groups. Kinematic, Kinetic, and sEMG data are compared between both lower limbs walking with and without an ankle foot orthosis. Data are also compared with those of an healthy control group.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
8 Years to 18 Years (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
clinical diagnosis of spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy
age between 8 and 18 years
must have an equinus barefoot gait pattern
must have a heel-toe gait pattern with ankle foot orthosis
no prior operations
no Botulinumtoxin treatment for at least 6 months prior to investigation