GAIT ASYMMETRY IN CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME

  • Bee-Oh Lim
  • Jae-Man Yoon
  • In-Sik Shin
  • Joong-Hyun Ryu
  • Sung-Hoon Shin
  • Young-Hoo Kwon
Keywords: down syndrome, gait, asymmetry

Abstract

It has been reported that approximately 80% of children with Down syndrome (OS) exhibit gait problems (Matteo, 2002), characterized by flat-footed contact with no heel-strike, excessive abduction of the leg in the swing phase, and abnormal knee and hip f1exions throughout the gait cycle (Parker et aI., 1986). Due to muscle hypotonia, muscle weakness, !igamentous laXity, and other orthopedic abnormalities, different gait characteristics exist. The purpose of this study was to investigate the gait (walking and running) asymmetry in children with OS.
Published
2008-03-12