Zahra Safaeepour

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BACKGROUND Previous studies have suggested that orthoses with different constructions could alter gait parameters in flexible flatfoot. However, there is less evidence about the effect of insoles with proprioceptive mechanism on plantar pressure distribution in flatfoot. OBJECTIVES To assess the effect of orthoses with different mechanisms on plantar(More)
BACKGROUND Higher plantar pressures at the medial forefoot are reported in hallux valgus. Foot orthoses with medial arch support are considered as an intervention in this pathology. However, little is known about the effect of foot orthoses on plantar pressure distribution in hallux valgus. OBJECTIVES To investigate the effect of a foot orthosis with(More)
BACKGROUND Ankle characteristics vary in terms of gait phase and speed change. This study aimed to quantify the components of ankle characteristics, including quasi-stiffness and work in different gait phases and at various speeds. METHODS The kinetic and kinematic data of 20 healthy participants were collected during normal gait at four speeds. Stance(More)
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(More)
Objectives: This paper describes further improvement and preliminarily evaluation of a novel viscoelastic ankle-foot prosthesis prototype. The objective was to control the ankle hysteresis at slow and normal walking speeds. Methods: Inspired by the ankle biomechanics, in which the hysteresis differs based on the gait speeds, a manually damping control(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM In the present study, a new approach was applied to design and develop a viscoelastic ankle-foot prosthesis. The aim was to replicate the intact ankle moment-angle loop in the normal walking speed. TECHNIQUE The moment-angle loop of intact ankle was divided into four parts, and the appropriate models including two viscoelastic units of(More)
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