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Multiple sclerosis (MS) can cause lower extremity weakness which may impair balance and gait. Ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) are frequently prescribed to reduce the effects of these impairments. Despite numerous recent advances in the design and materials used for AFOs, there is a lack of evidence to guide clinicians in effective AFO prescription. The purpose of this research was to compare the effects of an anterior shell carbon AFO with a traditional plastic AFO on measures of balance and gait performance.
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Goubeaux, Hana; Macy, Carmen; Trauner, Tabatha; and Jackson, Kurt, "The Influence of Carbon Composite and Plastic Ankle Foot Orthoses on Balance and Gait in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Study" (2018). University of Dayton Doctor of Physical Therapy Annual Research Symposium. 35.