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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052440/positive-outcomes-following-gait-therapy-intervention-for-hip-osteoarthritis-a-longitudinal-study
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Deborah Solomonow-Avnon, Amir Herman, Daniel Levin, Nimrod Rozen, Eli Peled, Alon Wolf
Footwear-generated biomechanical manipulation of lower-limb joints was shown to beneficially impact gait and quality of life in knee osteoarthritis patients, but has not been tested in hip osteoarthritis patients. We examined a customized gait treatment program using a biomechanical device shown in previous investigations to be capable of manipulating hip biomechanics via foot center of pressure modulation. The objective of this study was to assess the treatment program for hip osteoarthritis patients, enrolled in a one-year prospective investigation, by means of objective gait and spatiotemporal parameters, and subjective quality of life measures...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046009/stiffness-effects-in-rocker-soled-shoes-biomechanical-implications
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Shih-Yun Lin, Pei-Fang Su, Chia-Hua Chung, Chi-Chun Hsia, Chih-Han Chang
Rocker-soled shoes provide a way to reduce the possible concentration of stress, as well as change movement patterns, during gait. This study attempts to examine how plantar force and spatio-temporal variables are affected by two rocker designs, one with softer and one with denser sole materials, by comparing them with the barefoot condition and with flat-soled shoes. Eleven subjects' gait parameters during walking and jogging were recorded. Our results showed that compared with barefoot walking, plantar forces were higher for flat shoes while lower for both types of rocker shoes, the softer-material rocker being the lowest...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027667/do-structural-changes-of-the-foot-influence-plantar-pressure-patterns-during-various-stages-of-pregnancy-and-postpartum
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Preetha Ramachandra, Pratap Kumar, Asha Kamath, Arun G Maiya
BACKGROUND: The foot of a pregnant woman undergoes morphological changes with the advancement of pregnancy. It is important to understand the structural changes of the foot during pregnancy and postpartum because any such change may alter the plantar pressure pattern and the entire foot biomechanics. METHOD: Primigravidae with a gestational age of 12 weeks or less, aged between 18 and 35 years were included in the study. They were prospectively studied across 5 time periods during pregnancy and postpartum...
December 1, 2016: Foot & Ankle Specialist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992246/toe-in-landing-increases-the-ankle-inversion-angle-and-moment-during-single-leg-landing-implications-in-the-prevention-of-lateral-ankle-sprains
#4
Yuta Koshino, Tomoya Ishida, Masanori Yamanaka, Mina Samukawa, Takumi Kobayashi, Harukazu Tohyama
CONTEXT: Identifying the foot positions that are vulnerable to lateral ankle sprains is important for injury prevention. The effects of foot position in the transverse plane on ankle biomechanics during landing are unknown. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of toe-in or toe-out positioning on ankle inversion motion and moment during single-leg landing. DESIGN: Repeated measures. SETTING: Motion analysis laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: Eighteen healthy participants (nine men and nine women)...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982715/the-effect-of-footwear-adapted-with-a-multi-curved-rocker-sole-in-conjunction-with-knee-ankle-foot-orthoses-on-walking-in-poliomyelitis-subjects-a-pilot-study
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Ali Mojaver, Mokhtar Arazpour, Gholamreza Aminian, Monireh Ahmadi Bani, Mahmood Bahramizadeh, Guive Sharifi, Arash Sherafatvaziri
BACKGROUND: Knee-ankle-foot orthoses (KAFOs) are used by people with poliomyelitis to ambulate. Whist advances in orthotic knee joint designs for use in KAFOs such the provision of stance control capability have proven efficacy, little attention has been paid to shoe adaptations which may also improve gait. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the alteration to the kinematics and temporal-spatial parameters of gait caused by the use of heel-to-toe rocker-soled footwear when ambulating with KAFOs...
December 16, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965561/elderly-fallers-enhance-dynamic-stability-through-anticipatory-postural-adjustments-during-a-choice-stepping-reaction-time
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Romain Tisserand, Thomas Robert, Pascal Chabaud, Marc Bonnefoy, Laurence Chèze
In the case of disequilibrium, the capacity to step quickly is critical to avoid falling in elderly. This capacity can be simply assessed through the choice stepping reaction time test (CSRT), where elderly fallers (F) take longer to step than elderly non-fallers (NF). However, the reasons why elderly F elongate their stepping time remain unclear. The purpose of this study is to assess the characteristics of anticipated postural adjustments (APA) that elderly F develop in a stepping context and their consequences on the dynamic stability...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959826/sensor-based-gait-parameter-extraction-with-deep-convolutional-neural-networks
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Julius Hannink, Thomas Kautz, Cristian Pasluosta, Karl-Gunter Gassmann, Jochen Klucken, Bjoern Eskofier
Measurement of stride-related, biomechanical parameters is the common rationale for objective gait impairment scoring. State-of-the-art double integration approaches to extract these parameters from inertial sensor data are, however, limited in their clinical applicability due to the underlying assumptions. To overcome this, we present a method to translate the abstract information provided by wearable sensors to context-related expert features based on deep convolutional neural networks. Regarding mobile gait analysis, this enables integration-free and data-driven extraction of a set of eight spatio-temporal stride parameters...
December 8, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940898/the-effect-of-damping-in-prosthetic-ankle-and-knee-joints-on-the-biomechanical-outcomes-a-literature-review
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Zahra Safaeepour, Arezoo Eshraghi, Mark Geil
BACKGROUND: Given the growing number of variable-damping prosthetic knee and ankle components and broad number of potential biomechanical outcomes, a systematic review is needed to assess advantages of damped knee and ankle units over non-damped prostheses. OBJECTIVES: This study provides an overview of the biomechanical outcomes associated with the use of prosthetic knees and ankles with damping mechanisms in individuals with lower limb amputation. STUDY DESIGN: Literature review...
December 9, 2016: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919511/metaphyseal-locking-plate-as-an-external-fixator-for-open-tibial-fracture-clinical-outcomes-and-biomechanical-assessment
#9
Ching-Hou Ma, Chin-Hsien Wu, Jiun-Ru Jiang, Yuan-Kun Tu, Ting-Sheng Lin
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the outcome of using a metaphyseal locking plate as a definitive external fixator for treating open tibial fractures based on biomechanical experiments and analysis of clinical results. METHODS: A metaphyseal locking plate was used as an external fixator in 54 open tibial fractures in 52 patients. The mean follow-up was 38 months (range, 20-52 months). Moreover, static axial compression and torsional tests were performed to evaluate the strength of the fixation techniques...
November 29, 2016: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913178/estimating-the-material-properties-of-heel-pad-sub-layers-using-inverse-finite-element-analysis
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Nafiseh Ahanchian, Christopher J Nester, David Howard, Lei Ren, Daniel Parker
Detailed information about the biomechanical behaviour of plantar heel pad tissue contributes to our understanding of load transfer when the foot impacts the ground. The objective of this work was to obtain the hyperelastic and viscoelastic material properties of heel pad sub-layers (skin, micro-chamber and macro-chamber layers) in-vivo. An anatomically detailed 3D Finite Element model of the human heel was used to derive the sub-layer material properties. A combined ultrasound imaging and motorised platform system was used to compress heel pad and to create input data for the Finite Element model...
November 29, 2016: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904801/midfoot-and-forefoot-involvement-in-lateral-ankle-sprains-and-chronic-ankle-instability-part-1-anatomy-and-biomechanics
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John J Fraser, Mark A Feger, Jay Hertel
: The modern human foot is the culmination of more than five million years of evolution. The ankle-foot complex absorbs forces during loading, accommodates uneven surfaces, and acts as a lever for efficient propulsion. The ankle-foot complex has six independent functional segments that should be understood for proper assessment and treatment of foot and ankle injuries: the shank, rearfoot, midfoot, lateral forefoot, and the medial forefoot. The compliance of the individual segments of the foot is dependent on velocity, task, and active and passive coupling mechanisms within each of the foot segments...
December 2016: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904791/current-concepts-in-biomechanical-interventions-for-patellofemoral-pain
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Richard W Willy, Erik P Meira
: Patellofemoral pain (PFP) has historically been a complex and enigmatic issue. Many of the factors thought to relate to PFP remain after patients' symptoms have resolved making their clinical importance difficult to determine. The tissue homeostasis model proposed by Dye in 2005 can assist with understanding and implementing biomechanical interventions for PFP. Under this model, the goal of interventions for PFP should be to re-establish patellofemoral joint (PFJ) homeostasis through a temporary alteration of load to the offended tissue, followed by incrementally restoring the envelope of function to the baseline level or higher...
December 2016: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904787/biomechanics-and-pathomechanics-of-the-patellofemoral-joint
#13
Janice K Loudon
The patellofemoral joint is a joint that can be an area of concern for athletes of various sports and ages. The joint is somewhat complex with multiple contact points and numerous tissues that attach to the patella. Joint forces are variable and depend on the degree of knee flexion and whether the foot is in contact with the ground. The sports medicine specialist must have a good working knowledge of the anatomy and biomechanics of the patellofemoral joint in order to treat it effectively.
December 2016: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895574/robot-assisted-rehabilitation-of-ankle-plantar-flexors-spasticity-a-3-month-study-with-proprioceptive-neuromuscular-facilitation
#14
Zhihao Zhou, Yao Sun, Ninghua Wang, Fan Gao, Kunlin Wei, Qining Wang
In this paper, we aim to investigate the effect of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)-based rehabilitation for ankle plantar flexors spasticity by using a Robotic Ankle-foot Rehabilitation System (RARS). A modified robot-assisted system was proposed, and seven poststroke patients with hemiplegic spastic ankles participated in a 3-month robotic PNF training. Their impaired sides were used as the experimental group, while their unimpaired sides as the control group. A robotic intervention for the experimental group started from a 2-min passive stretching to warming-up or relaxing the soleus and gastrocnemius muscles and also ended with the same one...
2016: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885329/physical-performance-outcomes-and-biomechanical-correlates-from-the-32-week-yoga-empowers-seniors-study
#15
Man-Ying Wang, Gail A Greendale, Sean S-Y Yu, George J Salem
Background. Yoga Empowers Seniors Study (YESS) quantified physical demands associated with yoga performance using biomechanical methods. This study evaluated the efficacy of the program on physical function outcomes. Methods. Twenty community-dwelling older adults aged 70.7 ± 3.8 years attended biweekly 60-minute Hatha yoga classes for 32 weeks. Four domains of the physical measurements including (1) functional performance, (2) flexibility, (3) muscle strength, and (4) balance were taken at the baseline, 16-week and 32-week time points...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882360/static-and-dynamic-predictors-of-foot-progression-angle-in-individuals-with-and-without-diabetes-mellitus-and-peripheral-neuropathy
#16
Ericka N Merriwether, Mary K Hastings, Michael J Mueller, Kathryn L Bohnert, Michael J Strube, Darrah R Snozek, David R Sinacore
INTRODUCTION: Foot progression angle (FPA) is a predictor of elevated regional plantar stresses and loads, which are indicators of dermal injury risk in individuals with diabetes mellitus and peripheral neuropathy (DMPN). FPA accounts for 15-45% of the variance in plantar stresses and loads in adults with DMPN. However, the biomechanical factors underlying an "out-toeing" gait pattern in this clinical population have not been examined. The primary purpose of this study was to identify static and dynamic predictors of foot progression angle magnitude in adults with and without DMPN...
2016: Annals of Gerontology and Geriatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871421/mesenchymal-stem-cell-bearing-sutures-for-tendon-repair-and-healing-in-the-foot-and-ankle
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REVIEW
Eric W Tan, Lew C Schon
Improving the quality and strength of soft tissue repairs remains an important area of orthopedic research and innovation. The need for immobilization and early motion is an important balance essential for the successful treatment of tendon repair and reconstruction. Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-bearing sutures represent an emerging biological augmentation to traditional suture repair. Two previous large studies using stem cell sutures in rat Achilles tendon models have demonstrated early increased biomechanical strength and significantly increased ultimate failure strength...
December 2016: Foot and Ankle Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871100/biomechanical-response-of-military-booted-and-unbooted-foot-ankle-tibia-from-vertical-loading
#18
Frank A Pintar, Michael B Schlick, Narayan Yoganandan, Liming Voo, Andrew C Merkle, Michael Kleinberger
A new anthropomorphic test device (ATD) is being developed by the US Army to be responsive to vertical loading during a vehicle underbody blast event. To obtain design parameters for the new ATD, a series of non-injurious tests were conducted to derive biofidelity response corridors for the foot-ankle complex under vertical loading. Isolated post mortem human surrogate (PMHS) lower leg specimens were tested with and without military boot and in different initial foot-ankle positions. Instrumentation included a six-axis load cell at the proximal end, three-axis accelerometers at proximal and distal tibia, and calcaneus, and strain gages...
November 2016: Stapp Car Crash Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865317/revisional-surgery-of-the-diabetic-charcot-foot-and-ankle
#19
REVIEW
Patrick R Burns, Spencer J Monaco
Charcot neuroarthropathy (CN) is a difficult problem for the foot and ankle surgeon. If surgery is required, little is known or available regarding the best methods and timing. When the initial attempt of reconstruction fails, revision of CN is even more demanding. One must take in to account all aspects, including nutrition, vascular status, infection control, short- and long-term blood glucose management, as well as other factors requiring laboratory monitoring and consult services. Once optimized, the biomechanics of the deformity can be addressed and decisions can be made on fixation devices...
January 2017: Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865313/surgical-equinus-correction-for-the-diabetic-charcot-foot-what-the-evidence-reveals
#20
REVIEW
Claire M Capobianco
Triceps surae contracture, or equinus, is a known deforming force in the foot and ankle. Biomechanical studies have shown that ankle equinus significantly alters gait and plantar pressures, and in the diabetic neuropathic patient population, this can propagate plantar ulceration and/or Charcot neuroarthropathy (CN). Surgical correction of equinus is globally and frequently used to aid in plantar wound healing in the neuropathic diabetic patient, with and without CN. Treatment guidelines for equinus correction in this medically complex population are undefined and lack evidence from high-quality published peer-reviewed studies...
January 2017: Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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