The human foot and ankle conform to a rolling rocker shape for walking and a flat rocker shape for standing. During use, many prosthetic foot designs bend to a rocker shape that is a compromise: a rolling rocker with a flat region. This study examined the effect of the flat region length on standing balance and mobility. The length of this flat region did not affect the balance and mobility outcomes of 12 veterans with below-knee amputations. However, the veterans in the study tended to dislike the foot with the longest flat region.
Volume 51 Number 1, 2014
Pages 137 — 148
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