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Perception of socket alignment perturbations in amputees with transtibial prostheses

David A. Boone, PhD, et al.

Orientation of a socket relative to a foot is called alignment, and its fine adjustment plays an important role in successful prosthetic function. Since people with amputation are required to communicate sensations to prosthetists about the function of their prostheses to achieve good alignment, we studied whether those with below-knee prostheses could feel alignment changes and communicate them effectively. The results of this study suggest that subjects with below-knee prostheses were sensitive to certain types of alignment changes but not to others. Therefore, a tool that can help communicate alignment changes may assist prosthetists in adjusting prosthetic alignment.

Volume 49 Number 6, 2012
   Pages 843 — 854


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Boone DA, Kobayashi T, Chou TG, Arabian AK, Coleman KL, Orendurff MS, Zhang M. Perception of socket alignment perturbations in amputees with transtibial prostheses. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(6):843–54.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.08.0143
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