Muscle Activity With the Use of Ankle Foot Orthoses in Cerebral Palsy

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 18, 2007
Last Update Posted : April 18, 2007
Information provided by:
University Children's Hospital Basel

Brief Summary:
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
Cerebral Palsy

Detailed Description:
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.

Study Type : Observational
Enrollment : 24 participants
Observational Model: Defined Population
Primary Purpose: Screening
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Muscle Activity With the Use of Ankle Foot Orthoses in Cerebral Palsy
Study Start Date : September 2004
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2007

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Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 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

Exclusion Criteria:

  • no Botulinumtoxin treatment for at least 6 months prior to investigation

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00462085

Laboratory for Movement Analysis
Basel, BS, Switzerland, CH-4055
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Children's Hospital Basel
Study Director: Reinald Brunner, University Children's Hospital Basel
Principal Investigator: Jacqueline Romkes, M.Sc. University Children's Hospital Basel Identifier: NCT00462085     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 94/04
First Posted: April 18, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 18, 2007
Last Verified: April 2007

Keywords provided by University Children's Hospital Basel:
cerebral palsy
ankle foot orthosis
surface electromyography
gait analysis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cerebral Palsy
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Brain Damage, Chronic
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases