So-called ‘Foot-Drop’ post-stroke: Not a dorsiflexor impairment

Virginia L. Little, Theresa E. McGuirk, Carolynn Patten

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Our recent work suggests so-called ‘foot-drop’ post-stroke results from dysfunction of dynamic hip-knee coupling during swing rather than impaired dorsiflexion. Here our aim was to examine the mutability of hip-knee coupling to identify possible mechanisms of gait recovery following therapeutic intervention. By investigating joint powers and muscle activation patterns our results revealed improvements including increased power production from the hip and knee, but not the ankle. Further, activation patterns for hip muscles demonstrated reorganization resembling controls. Taken together, these findings suggest the notion of foot-drop post-stroke should be reconsidered and the focus of treatment for hemiparetic walking dysfunction be redirected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiosystems and Biorobotics
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameBiosystems and Biorobotics
ISSN (Print)2195-3562
ISSN (Electronic)2195-3570

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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