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ISSN : 2092-8475(Print)
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Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research Vol.10 No.4 pp.1903-1906
DOI : https://doi.org/10.20540/JIAPTR.2019.10.4.1903

Effect of Electric Stimulation Training on Walking Ability of Patients with Foot Drop after Stroke

Jongbae Choia,Sungryoung Mab,Jongeun Yangc
aDepartment of Occupational Therapy, Kyunghee University Medical Center, Seoul, Republic of Korea
bDepartment of Occupational Therapy, Shinsung University, Dangjin, Republic of Korea
cDepartment of Occupational Therapy, Bethesda Hospital Rehabilitation Center, Suwon, Republic of Korea

Abstract

Background: Foot drop is a common symptom after stroke and causes walking disorders. Therefore, its proper treatment is important for improving the walking ability of patients with foot drop.
Objective: This study aimed to investigate the effects of electrostimulation during walking on the walking ability of patients with foot drop after stroke.
Design: Quasi-experial study.
Methods: The study enrolled 18 patients with foot drop after stroke. All subjects were assigned to the experimental or control group. The experimental group underwent electric stimulation during walking, while the control group used ankle foot orthoses. Both groups received treatment 20 minutes a day 5 times a week for 4 weeks. Outcome measures were assessed for walking and balance ability using the 10-m walking test (10MWT), 6-min walking test (6MWT), and Timed Up and Go test (TUG)
Results: After the intervention, both groups showed significant improvements in 6MWT and TUG results. However, the experimental group showed significantly better improvement on all tests than the control group.
Conclusion: The foot drop stimulator effectively improved the walking and balance ability of patients with foot drop after stroke.

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