Shock absorption during transtibial amputee gait: Does longitudinal prosthetic stiffness play a role?

@article{Boutwell2017ShockAD,
  title={Shock absorption during transtibial amputee gait: Does longitudinal prosthetic stiffness play a role?},
  author={Erin Boutwell and Rebecca L Stine and S. A. Gard},
  journal={Prosthetics and orthotics international},
  year={2017},
  volume={41 2},
  pages={178-185}
}
BACKGROUND Reduced-stiffness components are often prescribed in lower-limb prostheses, but their efficacy in augmenting shock absorption has been inconclusive. OBJECTIVES To perform a systematic variation of longitudinal prosthetic stiffness over a wide range of values and to evaluate its effect on shock absorption during gait. STUDY DESIGN Repeated-measures crossover experiment. METHODS Twelve subjects with a unilateral transtibial amputation walked at normal and fast self-selected… CONTINUE READING