The most recent issue of Pediatric Physical Therapy published research on ankle strength and function in 20 children and adolescents with Type I Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) compared to 20 aged match controls (ages 6-18). In one evaluation session the following information was collected on each subject: strength assessment, Gillette Functional Assessment Questionnaire, Pediatric Outcome Data Collection Instrument (PODCI), and Faces Pain Scale—Revised. The results indicated muscular weakness in the ankle plantar flexors of the children with OI. Limitations were seen in function with regards to sports and physical function along with pain/comfort. The researchers recommend using the evaluation tools when setting goals for children with OI.
Reference: Caudill, Angela MPT; Flanagan, Ann PT, PCS; Hassani, Sahar MS; Graf, Adam MS; Bajorunaite, Ruta PhD; Harris, Gerald PhD; Smith, Peter MD Ankle Strength and Functional Limitations in Children and Adolescents With Type I Osteogenesis Imperfecta Pediatric Physical Therapy: Fall 2010 - Volume 22 - Issue 3 - p 288–295 doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181ea8b8d