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Comfortably numb? Experiences of people with stroke and lower limb sensation deficits: impact and solutions

Luckie, H. ORCID:, Hollands, K. ORCID:, Williamson, Tracey ORCID:, Nester, C. ORCID: and Williams, A. ORCID: (2020) Comfortably numb? Experiences of people with stroke and lower limb sensation deficits: impact and solutions. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 16 (3). pp. 262-269. ISSN 1748-3107

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Purpose: To explore personal experiences of loss of foot sensation following stroke in order to inform the focus of clinical assessments and development of a vibrotactile insole.
Methods: Qualitative design with an interpretive phenomenological approach to data collection and analysis. Eight community dwelling adults with stroke (>6 months) and sensory impairment in the feet participated. Data was collected via conversational style interviews which were transcribed and analyzed using a thematic framework. Themes were verified with co-researchers and a lay advisory group.
Results: Data formed four themes: Sensory deficits are prevalent and constant, but individual and variable; Sensory deficits have a direct impact on balance, gait, mobility and falls; Sensory deficits have consequences for peoples’ lives; Footwear is the link between function, the environment and identity. They embraced the concept of discrete vibrotactile insoles, their potential benefits and demonstrated a willingness to try it.
Conclusions: Sensory deficit contributes to effects upon physical function, mobility and activity. Clinical outcome measures need to capture the emotional, psychological and social impacts of sensory deficit. Participants demonstrated a resilience and resourcefulness through adaption in daily living and self-management of footwear. The participants focus on footwear provides the opportunity to develop discrete and non-burdensome vibrotactile insoles for this patient group.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: foot, mobility, sensory loss, footwear, vibrotactile insoles, stroke
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Karen Veitch
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2019 10:32
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2021 11:06

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