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Improving independence in the community for stroke survivors: The role of biomechanics visualisation in ankle-foot orthosis tuning

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4 Author(s)
Carse, B. ; Bioeng. Dept., Univ. of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK ; Bowers, R. ; Meadows, B. ; Rowe, P.

One of the key priorities for stroke survivors in their rehabilitation process is regaining their ability to walk. Evidence has shown that provision of ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) can have a positive impact on walking. This paper discusses the role of gait analysis in the provision of AFOs for stroke survivors. A discussion of the shortcomings of gait analysis techniques is included, with a description of how these might be overcome during the AFO tuning process through the ongoing development of data visualisation software. The design of a randomised controlled trial in conjunction with a series of qualitative measures is described, which will be used to test the efficacy of the visualisation software.

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Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth), 2011 5th International Conference on

Date of Conference:

23-26 May 2011