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Effect of Manipulation of the Ankle Joint on Gait

This study has been terminated.
(Unable to recruit more than 2 subjects)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Bridgeport Identifier:
First received: November 5, 2012
Last updated: December 22, 2014
Last verified: December 2014
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 (Participant, 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 ]
    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 ]
    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 ]
    Measurement of the change in the difference in step length between the left foot and right foot

Enrollment: 2
Study Start Date: February 2013
Study Completion Date: December 2014
Primary Completion Date: December 2014 (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   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
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
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01787721

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

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: December 22, 2014

Keywords provided by University of Bridgeport:
Ankle joint
Manipulation, Chiropractic processed this record on May 25, 2017