Investigating the mechanisms of toe walking in children with cerebral palsy

Takeaway

  • An age-related decline in ankle muscle agonist–antagonist co-contraction is observed in children without cerebral palsy (CP) during toe walking, but does not occur in children with CP, possibly to compensate for weak ankle muscles.

Why this matters

  • This study opens a window for a new approach to physical therapy in children with CP that considers the observed biomechanical constraints.