Influence of different degrees of bilateral emulated contractures at the triceps surae on gait kinematics : the difference between gastrocnemius and soleus

Attias, Michael (Geneva School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland ; Willy Taillard Laboratory of Kinesiology, Geneva University Hospitals ; Univ Lyon) ; Bonnefoy-Mazure, Alice (Willy Taillard Laboratory of Kinesiology, Geneva University Hospitals) ; De Coulon, Geraldo (Department of Child and Adolescent, Geneva University Hospitals) ; Chèze, Laurence (Univ Lyon) ; Armand, S. (Willy Taillard Laboratory of Kinesiology, Geneva University Hospitals)

Introduction : Ankle plantarflexion contracture results from a permanent shortening of the muscle-tendon complex. It often leads to gait alterations. The objective of this study was to compare the kinematic adaptations of different degrees of contractures and between isolated bilateral gastrocnemius and soleus emulated contractures using an exoskeleton. Methods : Eight combinations of contractures were emulated bilaterally on 10 asymptomatic participants using an exoskeleton that was able to emulate different degrees of contracture of gastrocnemius (biarticular muscle) and soleus (monoarticular muscle), corresponding at 0°, 10°, 20°, and 30° ankle plantarflexion contracture (knee-flexed and knee-extended). Range of motion was limited by ropes attached for soleus on heel and below the knee and for gastrocnemius on heel and above the knee. A gait analysis session was performed to evaluate the effect of these different emulated contractures on the Gait Profile Score, walking speed and gait kinematics. Results : Gastrocnemius and soleus contractures influence gait kinematics, with an increase of the Gait Profile Score. Significant differences were found in the kinematics of the ankles, knees and hips. Contractures of soleus cause a more important decrease in the range of motion at the ankle than the same degree of gastrocnemius contractures. Gastrocnemius contractures cause greater knee flexion (during the stance phase) and hip flexion (during all the gait cycle) than the same level of soleus contractures. Conclusion : These results can support the interpretation of the Clinical Gait Analysis data by providing a better understanding of the effect of isolate contracture of soleus and gastrocnemius on gait kinematics.

Article Type:
HEdS - Genève
Aucun institut
7 p.
Published in:
Gait & Posture
Numeration (vol. no.):
2017, vol. 58, pp. 176-182
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