Current Research Studies

Cerebral Palsy – Biomechanics and Walking in Cerebral Palsy: Ankle Foot Orthoses Footwear Combinations Study

Condition or Therapy:

Cerebral Palsy


Physical Therapy; Rehabilitation Medicine; Developmental Medicine; Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

What is the goal of this study?

Researchers at Seattle Children's want to learn more about how different types of orthotics can help children with cerebral palsy walk better.

Who can join the study?

This study might be a good fit for your child if they are:

  • Between 4 and 9 years old
  • Have bilateral spastic cerebral palsy
  • Walk with or without support as a primary means of mobility

What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

If you and your child decide to take part in the study, you would:

  • Attend 4-8 study visits over the course of 3-6 months that may take 1-3 hours each. All study visits are help at Orthocare Innovations Lab in Edmonds, WA
  • Have a gait lab analysis done
  • Have monitors on your ankle for 2 weeks after study visits
  • Complete some surveys and interviews
  • Be provided free orthotics and shoes

Families who take part get $120 after the last visit to thank them for their time and help reduce any costs associated with joining the study. Additional support is available for mileage to and from study visits at $0.57 per mile.

Who can I contact for more information?

To take part in this research study or for more information, please call 206-884-1152 or email the research coordinator.

Study Location(s):

Orthocare Innovations Lab in Edmonds, WA 

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Kristie Bjornson