Pediatric Research at Kessler Foundation

FES Orthotic Intervention for Children with Hemiplegia: A Pilot Investigation

The purpose of this research study is to assess the effect of lower leg brace called the WalkAide on walking on children who have weakness on one side of the body due to a brain injury.
Duration

For children with history of brain injury, six 2 hour visits over 7 months, and an additional 6 visit to learn how to use WalkAide should they choose.

For healthy children, two 2 hour visits.

Inclusion Criteria

For children with brain injury

  • Between 5 and 17 years old
  • Have brain injury for 6 month
  • Weakness on one side of body
  • Have foot drop because they cannot lift his/her foot off the ground
  • Currently prescribed WalkAide by doctor
  • Medically approved to participate in study by doctor
  • Able to walk at least 10 meters
  • Not have had a heart attack in the last 90 days
  • Not had coronary artery bypass surgery or a heart valve replacement in the last 6 months
  • Be able and willing to comply with study procedures, including follow-up requirements
  • Be willing to participate in study, and child's parent or guardian must be willing to sign informed consent

For Healthy Controls 

  • Between 5 and 17 years old
  • Have no  history of brain injury or lower leg injury that would affect child's ability to walk
  • Able to walk at least 10 meters without an assistive device
  • Not have had a heart attack in the last 90 days
  • Not had major orthopedic surgery in the last 90 days
  • Not had coronary artery bypass surgery or a heart valve replacement in the last 6 months
  • Be able and willing to comply with study procedures, including follow-up requirements
  • Be willing to participate in study, and child's parent or guardian must be willing to sign informed consent
Compensation

None

Research Categories
Traumatic Brain Injury
Acquired Brain Injury
Stroke
Healthy Volunteers
Actively Recruiting
No