To assess the impact of a spinal brace on the functional profile of the feet in patients with adolescent
idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).
Patients and Methods: The subjects were 21 female AIS patients with double curves (range: 20°45°).
Baropodometry and stabilometry analysis during standing and walking and were performed without bracing and
after 7 days of bracing. Plantar force distribution, contact area, foot angle, mean and peak foot pressures, step
length, step width, cadence, and gait speed, center of pressure path length and sway velocities and confidence
ellipse area were recorded.
Results: Bracing did not affect baropodometry parameters during standing (p>0.05). However, left foot plantar
contact area was greater, mean pressure and peak pressures on the left foot were lower with bracing compared to
without bracing (p<0.05) during walking. Cadence decreased with bracing. There was no change in stabilometry
Conclusion: Spinal bracing created more symmetrical plantar pressure distribution between the feet during gait.
However, bracing tends to alter temporal-spatial walking parameters and disrupt gait in patients with double