Validity and reliability of the XSENSOR in-shoe pressure measurement system

Price, C ORCID:, Parker, DJ ORCID: and Andrews, J 2023, 'Validity and reliability of the XSENSOR in-shoe pressure measurement system' , PLoS ONE , pp. 1-12.

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Background In-shoe pressure measurement systems are used in research and clinical practice to quantify areas and levels of pressure underfoot whilst shod. Their validity and reliability across different pressures, durations of load and contact areas determine their appropriateness to address different research questions or clinical assessments. XSENSOR is a relatively new pressure measurement device and warrants assessment. Research question Does the XSENSOR in-shoe pressure measurement device have sufficient validity and reliability for clinical assessments in diabetes? Methods Two XSENSOR insoles were examined across two days with two lab-based protocols to assess regional and whole insole loading. The whole insole protocol applied 50–600 kPa of pressure across the insole surface for 30 seconds and measured at 0, 2, 10 and 30 seconds. The regional protocol used two (3.14 and 15.9 cm2 surface area) cylinders to apply pressures of 50, 110 and 200 kPa to each insole. Three trials of all conditions were averaged. The validity (% difference and Root Mean Square Error: RMSE) and repeatability (Bland Altman, Intra-Class Correlation Coefficient: ICC) of the target pressures (whole insole) and contact area (regional) were outcome variables. Results Regional results demonstrated mean contact area errors of less than 1 cm2 for both insoles and high repeatability (≥0.939). Whole insole measurement error was higher at higher pressures but resulted in average peak and mean pressures error < 10%. Reliability error was 3–10% for peak pressure, within the 15% defined as an analytical goal. Significance Errors associated with the quantification of pressure are low enough that they are unlikely to influence the assessments of interventions or screening of the at-risk-foot considering clinically relevant thresholds. Contact area is accurate due to a high spatial resolution and the repeatability of the XSENSOR system likely makes it appropriate for clinical applications that require multiple assessments.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: PLoS ONE
Publisher: Public Library of Science
ISSN: 1932-6203
Depositing User: C Price
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2023 10:37
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2023 10:45

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