Rehabilitation of Early Stroke Patients Using an AFO: an RCT

Recruiting

Phase 1/2 Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- 7 days to 8 weeks after ischemic or haemorrhagic stroke, medically stable, age range between 18 and 90 years, gastrocnemius shortening with plantarflexion contracture (5 degrees of plantarflexion or greater), capable of full correction of subtalar joint, no loss of skin integrity over the lower limb, no severe cognitive impairments, sufficient communication to follow the instructions in the trial data collection procedures (follow a single one step command).

Exclusion Criteria

- Inability to follow simple instructions or to give informed consent, unstable angina, cardiac risks, pain related to walking, severe spasticity, the need for two assistants while walking, severe proprioceptive sensory impairment, soleus contracture which prevents casting for the AFO at 90 degrees , flexion contracture of hip musculature (greater than 10 degrees hip flexion).