Cerebral palsy and foot deformities | Children's Charity

Cerebral palsy and foot deformities

This research was completed on 31 March 2005

Project LeaderMr T Theologis, MD, MSc, PhD, Mrs N Thompson, MSc, MCSP, Dr M E Harrington, BEng, DPhil and Dr A B Zavatsky, MA, DPhil.
LocationNuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford in conjunction with the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford.
Grant awarded12 July 2001
Start date19 November 2001
End date31 March 2005
Grant amount£131,650.00
Grant codeAP0897

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Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder of movement and posture, caused by damage to the developing brain. The damage occurs before or during birth, or in the early months of infancy, in around 1 in every 400 babies. About 90% of children with the condition have foot deformities that can significantly affect walking and some require surgery. Our current understanding of foot movement and loading during walking is limited and therefore treatment of foot deformity in cerebral palsy remains mainly by trial and error. This study aims to progress the understanding of these foot problems and to establish objective criteria for their treatment.
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