Grant: ‹Stop Tip-Toeing Around Toe-Walking›

SNSF Grant

Prof. Viehweger of UKBB, Prof. Cattin and Prof. Brunner have successfully applied for funding at the SNSF. Their project ‹Stop Tip-Toeing Around Toe-Walking› will be supported by around 430.000 CHF over a period of three years.

The project aims for a better understanding of the interplay among the mechanisms that underpin toe-walking adaptation in children with cerebral palsy. To do so, the researchers will address the effect of psychological factors (via the use of a custom-designed virtual reality environment) on static vs. dynamic stability, motor control and coordination (indirect assessment of central nervous system function), as well as reflex control (Hoffmann-reflex, H-reflex, performance of peripheral nervous system). They will also investigate the effects of the current treatment of restoring heel striking in toe-walkers.

By better understanding the interplay between nervous-, musculoskeletal-, and psychological factors that might predispose individuals to toe-walking, the team aims to provide the basis for novel treatment strategies in the future.

More information:

ResearchGate: www.researchgate.net/project/Stop-tip-toeing-around-toe-walking-towards-a-better-understanding-and-more-effective-treatment-of-toe-walkers-with-cerebral-palsy

Heide Elke Viehweger: www.ukbb.ch/de/personal/personen/viehweger-heide-elke.php

Philippe Cattin: dbe.unibas.ch/en/cian/

Rainald Brunner: dbe.unibas.ch/en/research/biomechanics-and-biomaterials/biomechanics-calorimetry/