Assessment of the suitability of the Motorized ankle-foot orthosis as a diagnostic and rehabilitation tool for gait

Guillermo Aíin, Filipe A. Barroso, Juan C. Moreno, Jose L Pons

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Abstract

A unilateral powered exoskeleton (Motorized ankle-foot orthosis, MAFO) is presented in this work, with the aim of studying muscle and kinematics short-term adaptations of the ankle during rehabilitation tasks. For this purpose, we conducted this study during gait over a treadmill, measuring surface electromyography activation and biomechanical data, in different conditions of assistance. This pilot study also aims to demonstrate that the tool is suitable for measuring biomechanical data while allowing EMG measurements, proving it as a useful tool during gait assessment and rehabilitation. Gastrocnemius Medialis activation presents slightly higher amplitude with higher assistances, so the subjects performed a higher range of motion gait pattern. Tibialis Anterior EMG activation presents consistent data with previous studies. Ankle angle at lower assistances makes the robot force less the subject to reach the imposed gait pattern, and so the range of motion diminishes. Regarding ankle angular velocity, at higher assistances, higher velocities are reached. The torque between the subjects foot and the robot. For lower assistances, the imposed reference pattern is less restrictive, and so the force the user exerts against the robot is lower.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNEUROTECHNIX 2013 - Proceedings of the International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics
Pages161-166
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 3 2013
Event1st International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics, NEUROTECHNIX 2013 - Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
Duration: Sep 18 2013Sep 20 2013

Publication series

NameNEUROTECHNIX 2013 - Proceedings of the International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics

Conference

Conference1st International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics, NEUROTECHNIX 2013
CountryPortugal
CityVilamoura, Algarve
Period9/18/139/20/13

Keywords

  • EMG
  • Gait
  • Kinematics
  • Motorized ankle-foot orthosis
  • Neuroengineering
  • TOP-DOWN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence

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