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The influence of WalkAide on the change of selected gait parameters in patients after stroke
Project IdSGS08/LF/2020
Main solverIng. Bc. Lucie Honzíková, Ph.D.
Period1/2020 - 12/2020
ProviderSpecifický VŠ výzkum
AnotationA stroke is referred to as a sudden vascular supply disorder of the brain tissue (Ambler, 2011). Patients who have had a stroke often have affected a gait stereotype. This is manifested in particular by reduced walking speed, shorter stride length and less loading on the paretic limb (Yavuzer et al., 2006). The standing phase on the non-paretic limb is prolonged, resulting in a shortening of the standing phase on the paretic limb. A distinctive feature of hemiparetic gait is hip circumduction and weakening of the extensor groups of the ankle (Mazuquin et al., 2014). Within the rehabilitation it is possible to influence the stereotype of walking using WalkAide. It is a type of functional electrical stimulation that causes peripheral nerve irritation and subsequent activation of the paretic muscle. Both centrifugal and centripetal fibers are irritated, resulting in reflex muscle facilitation. The most common location of functional electrical stimulation is nervus peroneus, which is responsible for performing ankle joint dorsiflexion required for walking (Švestková et al., 2017). Van Swigch et al. (2011) claims that the use of functional electrical stimulation has a better effect on the therapy of the PAD than the AFO brace.