A new gait analysis system for clinical use in a rehabilitation center

Hermie J. Hermens, Cor A. deWaal, Jaap Buurke, Gerald Zilvold

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    A semi-portable system based on a microcomputer has been developed to measure the vertical reaction forces on both feet during walking. Eight capacitive force transducers are attached to each sole of the patients' shoes. This allowed the forces to be measured for several consecutive steps during a walk of 20 sec. This article describes the principles of operation of the force transducers and the associated electronic system. It also shows data processing procedures and gives a review of the available methods of data presentation. Recordings of the walking pattern of three patients with different diagnostics are presented and discussed to demonstrate the usefulness of the new gait analysis sytem in a rehabilitation center.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1669-1675
    Number of pages7
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1986


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