Journal article

Can pedobarography predict the occurrence of heel rocker in children with lower limb spasticity?

AJ Mudge, M Sangeux, EA Wojciechowski, MG Louey, MJ McKay, JN Baldwin, LN Dwan, MW Axt, J Burns

Clinical Biomechanics | Elsevier | Published : 2020

Abstract

Background: Pedobarography software calculates the centre-of-pressure trajectory in relation to the foot to quantify foot contact patterns. This study presents two new pedobarography measures using the centre-of-pressure trajectory to assess heel rocker. Methods: To validate these pedobarography measures against 3D gait analysis, emed®-x and Vicon Nexus gait analysis data were captured from 25 children aged 8–16 years (11 male) with unilateral (n = 18) and bilateral (n = 7) cerebral palsy or acquired brain injury. 3D gait analysis identified whether heel rocker was intact (n = 22 feet) or absent (n = 28 feet) based on centre-of-pressure at initial contact and the ankle kinematic curve betwee..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Centre for Research Excellence in Neuromuscular Disorders


Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to Elizabeth Barnes for her assistance with statistical analysis. This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors. The 1000 Norms Project was supported by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Centre for Research Excellence in Neuromuscular Disorders (NHMRC #1031893) and Australian Podiatry Education and Research Foundation, as well as scholarship funding from the Australian Postgraduate Award from the Commonwealth Government of Australia.