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Reviewing effectiveness of ankle assessment techniques for use in robot-assisted therapy

Mingming Zhang, Eng MSc, et al.

Ankle performance and function assessment during robot-assisted therapy is crucial for an effective ankle rehabilitation strategy. Existing assessment techniques can be categorized into qualitative and quantitative methods. However, little is known about the effectiveness of existing ankle assessment techniques for potential use in robot-assisted therapy. This article provides a comprehensive review of studies that investigated ankle measurement techniques to better understand those that can be used in the real-time monitoring of rehabilitation progress for implementation in conjunction with robotassisted therapy. Results show that qualitative ankle assessment methods are not suitable for real-time monitoring in robot-assisted therapy, though they are reliable for certain patients, while the quantitative methods show great potential. The majority of quantitative techniques are reliable in measuring ankle kinematics and kinetics but are usually available for only use in the sagittal plane. Limited studies determine kinematics and kinetics in all three planes (sagittal, transverse, and frontal) where motions of the ankle joint and the subtalar joint actually occur.

Volume 51 Number 4, 2014
   Pages 517 — 534

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Zhang M, Davies TC, Zhang Y, Xie S. Reviewing effectiveness of ankle assessment techniques for use in robot-assisted therapy. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(4):517–34.
ResearcherID/ORCID: Shane Xie, Prof Eng PhD:

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