2019 Volume 43 Issue 1 Pages 61-66
There has recently been substantial research regarding assistance in gait rehabilitation using an actuator for patients with motor paralysis; however, the effect of exercise assistance of each articulation on gait has not been clarified. We developed a dorsiflexion support orthosis using artificial muscle. In this study, we report the short-term effects of dorsiflexion assistance using the proposed orthosis on gait; the proposed orthosis was applied to a patient with lumbar spondylolisthesis. The experimental design employed was the pre–post testing. There was no significant difference between the pre- and post-test results. In the intervention test, the maximum pressure of the heel significantly increased.