Wearable Gait Analysis Protocol to Help Clinicians Select Ankle-Foot Orthoses Configuration in Cerebral Palsy Patients

Wearable Gait Analysis Protocol
Image: Pixabay

Cerebral palsy is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. It’s caused by damage that occurs to the immature brain as it develops, most often before birth. This is the most common cause of pediatric disabilities, particularly debilitating for daily activities. There are ankle-foot orthoses available as gait treatment. But selecting the most appropriate orthotic configuration is not easy. Researchers in Italy have now developed an assessment protocol based on wearable gait analysis to help clinicians in ankle-foot orthoses configuration selection.

Read more European Researchers Team Up with Pharma Companies to Develop Gait Detecting Sensor

For their study, the researchers selected 10 children with spastic diplegic Cerebral Palsy. The children were aged 4 to 11 years.

The participants performed a 10 Meter Walk Test in three conditions: barefoot and wearing alternatively a polypropylene hinged and solid ankle-foot orthosis accommodated in the same off-the-shelf shoe model, after 20 days of daily use of each configuration. The researchers developed an instrumented assessment protocol based on body-mounted magneto-inertial sensors to measure spatio-temporal, gait stability and symmetry, reports Science Direct.

Child on a tricycle
Image: Marines

The researchers found that all the children benefited by the two orthoses. The ankle-foot orthoses were patient-specific and it helped different children with gait issues. “The proposed instrumented protocol represents a quantitative and useful tool to support the clinical selection of an appropriate orthotic treatment and, potentially, in evaluating its effectiveness,” the wrote.

Read more FeetMe, Novartis Collaboration Aims to Study Gait of Multiple Sclerosis Patients

The research team comprised of researchers from Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù; Interuniversity Centre of Bioengineering of the Human Neuromusculoskeletal System, University of Rome “Foro Italico”; and ITOP SpA Officine Ortopediche, Palestrina – all in Rome, Italy.

The study was published in the journal Science Direct.

Previous articleLibre’s MAVID Now Powers Hansong’s New Generation of Connected Speakers
Next articleThis Wearable Detects Opioid Overdose and Automatically Calls for Help
Cathy Russey
Cathy Russey () is Online Editor at WT | Wearable Technologies and specialized in writing about the latest medical wearables and enabling technologies on the market. Cathy can be contacted at info(at)wearable-technologies.com.