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Title: Techniques to measure rigidity of ankle-foot orthosis : a review
Authors: Kobayashi, T
Leung, AKL 
Hutchins, SW
Keywords: AFO
Ankle-foot orthosis
Cerebral palsy
Flexibility
Hemiplegia
Mechanical test
Rigidity
Spinal cord injury
Stiffness
Stroke
Testing and measurement
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service
Source: Journal of rehabilitation research and development, 2011, v. 48, no. 5, p. 565-576 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of rehabilitation research and development 
Abstract: We performed this review to provide a clearer understanding of how to effectively measure ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) rigidity. This information is important to ensure appropriate orthotic intervention in the treatment of patients with pathological gait. The two main approaches to the investigation of AFO rigidity are (1) bench-testing analyses, in which an AFO is fixed or attached to a measurement device, and (2) functional analyses, in which measurements are taken while a subject is walking with an AFO in situ. This review summarizes and classifies the current state of knowledge of AFO rigidity testing methods. We analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of the methods in order to recommend the most reliable techniques to measure AFO rigidity. The information obtained from this review article would, therefore, benefit both clinicians and engineers involved in the application and design of AFOs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/6820
ISSN: 0748-7711
DOI: 10.1682/JRRD.2010.10.0193
Rights: The article is available at http://www.rehab.research.va.gov/jour/11/485/abskobayashi485.html
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