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New device to help improve foot control in cerebral palsy patients

Researchers in Australia are testing a new device to measure foot control to improve the walking ability in teens and young adults with cerebral palsy.

Tests are on to check if the device could help reduce chances of tripping and injuries due to poor muscle control and coordination.

The team is now looking for people between the ages of 15 to 25 years who have been diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy and can walk independently to join the six-week study.

Their foot control, while walking and performing tasks will be assessed.

The device is worn on the ankle and has been designed to teach the brain to use muscles at the right time with the right amount of force. Foot control during walking is a key factor that can affect and reduce independence.

The aim of the study is to improve the ability of those with cerebral palsy to walk without fear of falling and improve their quality of life and independence.

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