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Characterization and clinical trial of a Variable Friction Shoe, a new paradigm of reduced-constraint locomotor therapy for people exhibiting foot drop due to stroke



The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of the Variable Friction shoe on gait in individuals with chronic stroke and foot drop. During each 12-week phase of an AB-BA clinical trial, participants will walk for at least 30-45 minutes per day for at least 5 days per week at home.

Subject Population


  • 3 months - 1 year post stroke
  • Possess a prescribed AFO or potential candidate for use of an AFO
  • Can ambulate at least 10m with or without an assistive device

Study Personnel

Study Partners


University of California Santa Barbara

Funding Source


National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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