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Foot placement control and gait instability among people with stroke

Jesse C. Dean, PhD; Steven A. Kautz, PhD

Every year, approximately 15,000 American Veterans experience a stroke. Within this population, gait instability commonly limits functional mobility, decreasing quality of life. Despite the importance of deficits in gait stability, the mechanisms underlying this problem are presently unclear. Uninjured humans consistently use a stabilization strategy of adjusting their foot placement location based on the mechanical state of their body. This strategy was disrupted among people with stroke who were classified as having an increased risk for falls using a standard clinical measure. Interventions focused on restoring foot placement strategy may hold promise for improving poststroke gait stability.

Volume 52 Number 5, 2015
   Pages 577 — 590

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Dean JC, Kautz SA. Foot placement control and gait instability among people with stroke. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015;52(5):577–90.

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