Ankle-Foot-Orthoses Management During Rehabilitation of Persons With Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: A Patient Perspective


Karyn Ross (1), Christopher Cox (1) , Tanja Scherrer (1) , Alejandra Aranceta-Garza (1), Margaret Purcell (2)


(1) Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
(2) Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit, Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Ankle-foot-orthoses (AFOs) are commonly prescribed to individuals after
sustaining an incomplete spinal cord injury (ISCI). A literature search identified the immediate

positive impact on gait parameters, kinetics and kinematics but there is no evidence on the long-
term efficacy and satisfaction with AFO management. The aim of this study is to provide

information on patients’ experiences of AFO management, both short and long term and identify
ways in which orthotic service provision might be improved.


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