Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy score and ambulation index are both predictors of orthotic need for patients with CMT

Valeria Prada, Riccardo Zuccarino, Cristina Schenone, Giulia Mennella, Marina Grandis, Michael E. Shy, Angelo Schenone

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Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is the most common hereditary neuropathy with an estimated prevalence of 1 person affected on 2500. Frequent symptoms include distal weakness and muscle wasting, sensory loss, reduced deep tendon reflexes, and skeletal deformities, such as hammer toes and pes cavus. CMT is a progressive disease and patients’ needs change over their lifetime. In particular, ambulation aids are increasingly needed to maintain ambulation and reduce the risk of falls. We performed a retrospective analysis of medical records from 149 patients with confirmed CMT to evaluate patients ambulation needs related to the severity of their CMT as measured by the CMT Neuropathy Score (CMTNS) and Ambulation Index (AI). Most patients required some form of orthotics (86.6%). The CMTNS and AI scores both differed significantly between patients with no orthotics compared to those who wore insoles/inserts. The CMTNS and AI also differed significantly between patients wearing insoles and those with ankle foot orthotics (AFOs). CMTNS and the AI were valid predictors of the type and choice of the orthotics. Both the CMTNS and AI can be effective tools to aid in the correct choice of orthotics in patients affected by CMT.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNeurological Sciences
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Ambulation
  • Braces
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • CMT
  • Orthotics
  • Predictor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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