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3D Ankle Force and Moment In Ankle Fracture Patients Walking With Instrumented Crutches

Dransfeld, MSc. F.J.M. (2023) 3D Ankle Force and Moment In Ankle Fracture Patients Walking With Instrumented Crutches.

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Abstract:After and ankle fracture, patients undergo a six weeks immobilisation period, followed by Partial Weight Bearing (PWB), limiting ankle loading to a percentage of their body weight. Smeeing and colleagues showed an earlier return to work and sports if ankle load began 24 hours after surgery, as opposed to waiting six weeks [4]. Similar research suggests patients should be closely monitored to prevent overloading of the ankle during early weight bearing [5]. This thesis focuses on developing and validating a system for ambulatory measurement and analysis of 3D forces and moments acting on the impaired ankle, highlighting its potential clinical advantages over conventional PWB measurements. The research introduces a novel method for estimating 3D forces and moments in the ankle joint during crutch gait, improving current clinical practices. Emphasising the importance of 3D ankle force and moment beyond PWB, the study calls for additional research on more varied tasks and accurately modelling 3D forces and moments using sensor input. Additionally, the measurements performed during this research contained expanded tests, added patients, and diverse sensors, enhancing dataset value for future gait research within the BRAFO project.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:42 biology, 44 medicine, 52 mechanical engineering, 53 electrotechnology
Programme:Biomedical Engineering MSc (66226)
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