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Biomechanical evaluation of a prototype foot/ankle prosthesis

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3 Author(s)
Quesada, P.M. ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Louisville Univ., KY, USA ; Pitkin, M. ; Colvin, J.

Reports on a pilot evaluation of a prototype foot/ankle prosthesis. This prototype has been designed and fabricated with the intention of providing decreased ankle joint stiffness during the middle portion of the stance phase of gait, and increased (i.e., more normal) knee range of motion during stance. The authors' evaluation involved fitting the existing prototype foot/ankle prosthesis, as well as a traditional solid ankle cushioned heel (SACH) foot, to an otherwise healthy volunteer with a below-knee (BK) amputation. The authors measured this individual's lower extremity joint kinematics and kinetics during walking using a video motion analysis system and force platform. These measurements permitted direct comparison of prosthetic ankle joint stiffness and involved side knee joint motion, as well as prosthetic ankle joint moment and power

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Rehabilitation Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Mar 2000

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