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AFO’s and Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy

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The Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published a retrospective analysis on the effects of ankle-foot orthoses (AFO) on the gait of children with diplegic cerebral palsy.  Data was analyzed from 601 visits of 378 children with a diagnosis of diplegic cerebral palsy.  The children either wore a solid AFO, hinged AFO or posterior leaf spring AFO design.  Each child had a three dimensional gait analysis when walking barefoot and with AFOs.  Data was recorded for Gait Deviation Index (GDI), ankle Gait Variable Score (GVS), knee GVS,
nondimensional (ND) speed, and ND step length.
The results indicated the following:
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