Hylton B Menz

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The purpose of this perspective article is to describe the use of a physiological profile approach to falls risk assessment and prevention that has been developed by the Falls and Balance Research Group of the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, Sydney, Australia. The profile's use for people with a variety of factors that put them at risk for falls(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate acceleration patterns at the head and pelvis while subjects walked on a level and an irregular walking surface, to develop an understanding of how the postural control system responds to challenging walking conditions. Thirty young, healthy subjects walked on a level corridor and on artificial grass underlain with foam(More)
Over the past two decades there has been a great deal of international, specialized research activity focused on risk factors and prevention strategies for falls in older people. This book provides health care workers with a detailed analysis of the most recent developments in the area and helps bridge the gap between scientific journal articles and general(More)
BACKGROUND a large proportion of falls in older people occur when walking; however the mechanisms underlying impaired balance during gait are poorly understood. OBJECTIVE to evaluate acceleration patterns at the head and pelvis in young and older subjects when walking on a level and an irregular walking surface, in order to develop an understanding of how(More)
BACKGROUND A large proportion of falls in older people occur when walking, however the mechanisms underlying impaired balance during gait are poorly understood. This study evaluated acceleration patterns of the head and pelvis when walking on a level and an unpredictably irregular surface to determine whether older people at risk of falling demonstrate an(More)
BACKGROUND The Foot Posture Index (FPI) is a validated method for quantifying standing foot posture, and is being used in a variety of clinical settings. There have however, been no normative data available to date for comparison and reference. This study aimed to establish normative FPI reference values. METHODS Studies reporting FPI data were identified(More)
The popularity of using accelerometer-based systems to quantify human movement patterns has increased in recent years for clinicians and researchers alike. The benefits of using accelerometers compared to more traditional gait analysis instruments include low cost; testing is not restricted to a laboratory environment; accelerometers are small, therefore(More)
OBJECTIVES The objectives of this study were (i) to examine the psychometric properties of the Manchester Foot Pain and Disability Index (MFPDI) in community-dwelling older people, and (ii) to determine the correlates of disabling foot pain in this age-group. METHODS A questionnaire consisting of medical history, the MFPDI, the Goldberg Anxiety and(More)
This study evaluated two methods for quantifying foot posture: navicular drop and navicular drift. Five clinicians measured 20 nonpathological participants on two occasions. Intraclass correlation coefficients ranged from 0.33 to 0.76 for navicular drop and from 0.31 to 0.62 for navicular drift. The standard error of measurement, as a 95% confidence(More)
BACKGROUND With advancing age, there is a generalized reduction in visual functioning which has been associated with impaired postural stability and increased risk of falls. However, little is known about which visual abilities are the most important in the control of postural sway when standing. OBJECTIVE To determine whether specific visual abilities(More)