Achieving the required functionality of a below-knee prosthesis during the weight-bearing phase of walking (e.g., shock absorption, close to normal rollover characteristics, and smooth transition into swing) depends on the mechanical properties of the prosthesis that directly influence the performance of the amputee. We define these properties as those characterized independent of the amputee and that reflect the overall behavior of the prosthesis, not its detailed design. Based on a review of previous work on prosthesis mechanical characterization, we conclude that a comprehensive and standardized method is required to properly represent the desired prosthesis properties for effective and efficient component design and prescription.
Volume 49 Number 6, 2012
Pages 815 — 830
Last Reviewed or Updated Thursday, August 16, 2012 11:17 AM