SWIFT Cast Trial
Key contact: Nick Leavey
Clinical efficacy of the Soft-Scotch Walking Initial FooT Cast (SWIFT Cast) on walking recovery early after stroke and the neural-biomechanical correlates of response.
A SWIFT Cast is a lightweight, semi-rigid cast that supports the leg and foot from just below the knee to the base of the toes. Each SWIFT Cast is custom-made for each individual by a therapist. It is ready to wear after 24 hours after the cast is made.
The main aims of the trial were to examine:
a. If a SWIFT CAST to maintain a correct position of the foot on the leg can help recovery of normal walking;
b. Which particular patients might benefit from the SWIFT Cast;
c. How the brain recovers when people wear a SWIFT Cast.
The scientific papers reporting the results of this trial are currently being written. As these are published a précis of results will be posted here.