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Volume 49 Number 6, 2012
   Pages 949 — 960

Abstract — An ergonomic modular foot platform for isometric force/torque measurements in poststroke functional assessment: A pilot study

Stefano Mazzoleni, PhD;1* Jo Van Vaerenbergh, PhD;2 Emma Stokes, PhD;3 G??bor Fazekas, MD, PhD;4 Paolo Dario, PhD;1 Eugenio Guglielmelli, PhD5
1The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant–Anna, Pisa, Italy; 2Center for Multidisciplinary Approach and Technology, Brussels, Belgium; 3School of Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland; 4National Institute for Medical Rehabilitation, Budapest, Hungary; 5Laboratory of Biomedical Robotics and Biomicrosystems, Universit?? Campus Bio-Medico, Rome, Italy

Abstract–The main goal of this article is to present the design, technical development, and preliminary validation of an innovative mechatronic device for force/torque measurements taken from the human foot using pilot data. The device, formed by a mobile platform equipped with two six-axis force/torque sensors, was used to perform accurate quantitative measurements during isometric exercises, aimed at performing functional assessment tests in poststroke patients undergoing a rehabilitation treatment. Results from pilot data provide a validation of the device. A large clinical trial has been planned to test whether the platform can be used in the clinical practice. We suggest that measurements of ground reaction forces taken from the foot of poststroke patients during the initiation of activities of daily living tasks can provide information about their motor recovery and enlighten possible areas of application, ranging from isometric motor exercise in neurorehabilitation to foot-based human-machine interface.

Key words: assessment, ergonomic design, foot function, force/torque measurements, ground reaction forces, human-machine interface, isometric measurements, mechatronics, rehabilitation, stroke.

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Mazzoleni S, Van Vaerenbergh J, Stokes E, Fazekas G, Dario P, Guglielmelli E. An ergonomic modular foot platform for isometric force/torque measurements in poststroke functional assessment: A pilot study. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(6):949–60.

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