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Volume 48 Number 2, 2011
   Pages 161 — 178

Abstract???????Effect of prosthetic design on center of pressure excursion in partial foot prostheses

Michael P. Dillon, PhD, BPO(Hons);1* Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons);2 Andrew H. Hansen, PhD2-3

1National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics, Musculoskeletal Research Centre, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia; 2Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center, and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; 3Minneapolis Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Minneapolis, MN

Abstract — Investigations into the gait of persons with partial foot amputation (PFA) suggest that the effective foot length can be restored when the prosthesis incorporates a relatively stiff forefoot, restricts dorsiflexion, and includes a mechanism whereby forces caused by loading the toe lever can be comfortably distributed to the leg (e.g., an anterior tibial shell). The purpose of this investigation was to systematically alter these variables to understand which design elements are responsible for restoration of the effective foot length. By manipulating features of the prosthesis design in two persons with PFA, we demonstrated using three-dimensional motion analysis that the prosthesis must incorporate each of these design elements to restore the effective foot length. When these design elements were used in concert, the persons with PFA adopted a gait pattern more consistent with nondisabled persons. Further work is required on a larger cohort to ensure the observations are generalizable.

Key words: amputation, artificial limb, center of pressure, foot length, gait, Lisfranc, partial foot, prosthesis, prosthetic design, rehabilitation, transmetatarsal.

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Dillon MP, Fatone S, Hansen AH. Effect of prosthetic design on center of pressure excursion in partial foot prostheses. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011;48(2):161-78.DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.09.0167 The Citation Linking Backbone

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