Long-term evaluation of isolated gastrocnemius fascia lengthening in children with cerebral palsy using gait analysis

Manuela Galli, Veronica Cimolin, Marcello Crivellini, Giorgio Albertini

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Abstract

The aim of this study was the quantification of outcomes on gait pattern of isolated gastrocnemius fascia lengthening treatment in children with cerebral palsy over time using gait analysis. Twelve children with cerebral palsy were evaluated with gait analysis before and after gastrocnemius fascia lengthening, in different follow-up sessions (from 3 to more than 25 months after treatment). Twenty healthy children were included as controls. Data analysis showed significant improvements in ankle and knee kinematics and in ankle kinetics over time. The results showed that isolated gastrocnemius fascia lengthening improved lower extremity function without producing functional muscle weakness over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-233
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

Keywords

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Equinus foot
  • Follow-up
  • Gait analysis
  • Gastrocnemius fascia lengthening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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