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Ankle and foot splints aid stroke victims' recovery

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Ankle and foot splints – or orthotics – can help stroke patients regain the ability to walk and keep their balance, but this is not true for wrist splints, according to a Cohrane review.

‘This result was surprising as the use of orthotics to prevent loss of movement is thought to be very important in restoring use of the arm after stroke,’ said the authors from the Centre for Rehabilitation and Human Performance Research at the University of Salford. They analysed 14 studies involving 429 subjects.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2009): Issue 1

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