Limitation of Ankle Mobility Challenges Gait Stability While Walking on Lateral Inclines

Maarten R. Prins, Nick Kluft, Wieke Philippart, Han Houdijk, Jaap H. van Dieën, Sjoerd M. Bruijn*

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Abstract

Exoskeletons often allow limited movement of the ankle joint. This could increase the chance of falling while walking, particularly on challenging surfaces, such as lateral inclines. In this study, the effect of a mobility limiting ankle brace on gait stability in the frontal plane was assessed, while participants walked on lateral inclines. The brace negatively affected gait stability when it was worn on the leg that was on the vertically lower side or ‘valley side’ of the lateral incline, which would indicate an increased risk of falling in that direction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWearable Robotics: Challenges and Trends
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob2020, and of WearRAcon Europe 2020, October 13–16, 2020
EditorsJuan C. Moreno, Jawad Masood, Urs Schneider, Christophe Maufroy, Jose L. Pons
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages621-625
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783030695477
ISBN (Print)9783030695460, 9783030695491
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameBiosystems and Biorobotics
Volume27
ISSN (Print)2195-3562
ISSN (Electronic)2195-3570

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project was sponsored by a grant from the EUropean ROBotic framework for bipedal locomotion bENCHmarking (EUROBENCH), EU Grant 779963.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

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