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Techniques to measure rigidity of ankle-foot orthosis: a review

Kobayashi, T, Leung, AK and Hutchins, S 2011, 'Techniques to measure rigidity of ankle-foot orthosis: a review' , Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 48 (5) , pp. 565-576.

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    Abstract

    We performed this review to provide a clearer understanding of how to effectively measure ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) rigidity. This information is important to ensure appropriate orthotic intervention in the treatment of patients with pathological gait. The two main approaches to the investigation of AFO rigidity are (1) bench-testing analyses, in which an AFO is fixed or attached to a measurement device, and (2) functional analyses, in which measurements are taken while a subject is walking with an AFO in situ. This review summarizes and classifies the current state of knowledge of AFO rigidity testing methods. We analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of the methods in order to recommend the most reliable techniques to measure AFO rigidity. The information obtained from this review article would, therefore, benefit both clinicians and engineers involved in the application and design of AFOs.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
    Publisher: Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, Department of Veterans Affairs
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0748-7711
    Depositing User: RH Shuttleworth
    Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 14:52
    Last Modified: 20 Sep 2013 13:45
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/22734

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