Biomechanical Analysis on the Foot under Normal and Abnormal Gait for Orthotics Design
The foot plays an important role in supporting the body and keeping body balance. An abnormal walking habit breaks the balance of the human body as well as the function of the foot. The foot orthotics which is designed to consider biomechanics effectively distributes the load of the human body on the sole of the foot. In this paper, gait analysis is performed for subjects wearing the orthotics. In this study, three male subjects were selected. The experimental apparatus consists of a plantar pressure analysis system and digital EMG system. The gait characteristics are simulated by ADAMS/LifeMOD. The COP (Center of Pressure), EMG and ground reaction force were investigated. As a result of gait analysis, the path of COP was improved and muscle activities were decreased with orthotics on the abnormal walking subjects.
Yu Zhou, Shan-Tung Tu and Xishan Xie
J. O. Lee et al., "Biomechanical Analysis on the Foot under Normal and Abnormal Gait for Orthotics Design ", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 353-358, pp. 2179-2182, 2007