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Biomechanical influence of a cane as an assistive device for a drop foot patient
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Paper Abstract

Foot drop, or drop foot, is a difficulty in lifting the front part of the foot, which can make walking challenging. This study analyzes the gait of a 52-year-old patient diagnosed with drop foot caused by a surgery at the lumbar level. Baropodometric tests were conducted with and without the cane as assistive device to identify significant changes in load distribution and stabilometry. An inertial sensor was also used to get information about gait quality, symmetry and propulsion index, and pelvic angles when said aid was implemented in order to confirm its influence on the patient’s gait. In obtained results with use of cane, there is found an improvement of 34.4% in lateral distribution of loads and 4.7% in quality index of left foot gait, this confirms positive influence that has this device to rehabilitation process of the patient.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 January 2020
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 11330, 15th International Symposium on Medical Information Processing and Analysis, 1133011 (3 January 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2542587
Show Author Affiliations
Laura V. Suárez Patiño, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano (Colombia)
Marina Gómez Hernández, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano (Colombia)
Sebastián Valencia Cadena, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano (Colombia)
Diana M. Londoño Márquez, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano (Colombia)
Natali Olaya Mira, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano (Colombia)
Isabel C. Soto Cardona, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano (Colombia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11330:
15th International Symposium on Medical Information Processing and Analysis
Eduardo Romero; Natasha Lepore; Jorge Brieva, Editor(s)

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