Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Online ISSN : 2187-5626
Print ISSN : 0915-5287
ISSN-L : 0915-5287
Case Study
Ankle dorsiflexion training with a newly developed Hybrid Assistive Limb for a patient with foot drop caused by common peroneal nerve palsy: a case report
Daisuke MatsudaShigeki KubotaYohei AkinagaYoshihiro YasunagaYoshiyuki SankaiMasashi Yamazaki
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2022 Volume 34 Issue 5 Pages 410-415

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[Purpose] An ankle disorder (foot drop) caused by common peroneal nerve palsy or cerebrovascular accident (stroke) interferes with patients’ ability to walk and hinders in activities of daily living. A new robotic ankle, the Hybrid Assistive Limb, has been developed for the treatment of foot drop caused by common peroneal nerve palsy or sequelae of stroke. The purpose in this study was to report and examine the efficacy and feasibility of a case who was treated with voluntary ankle dorsiflexion training with the ankle Hybrid Assistive Limb. [Participant and Method] A 60-year-old man with foot drop due to peroneal nerve palsy that occurred without a contributory cause was treated via ankle dorsiflexion training with the use of a new robotic ankle, the “Ankle Hybrid Assistive Limb”. [Results] Following total ankle rehabilitation training with the Ankle Hybrid Assistive Limb, improvements in ankle dorsiflexor strength, gait, and sensory function of the lower leg and foot were observed. [Conclusion] The newly developed ankle Hybrid Assistive Limb could be an effective training tool for foot drop caused by common peroneal nerve palsy.

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