Sensors 2013, 13(3), 3527-3529; doi:10.3390/s130303527

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Comments and Reply to: Foot Plantar Pressure Measurement System: A Review. Sensors 2012, 12, 9884-9912
Nachiappan Chockalingam 1,*, Aoife Healy 1, Roozbeh Naemi 1, Philip Burgess-Walker 1, Abdul Hadi Abdul Razak 2,3,*, Aladin Zayegh 2, Rezaul K. Begg 4 and Yufridin Wahab 5
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Centre for Sport, Health and Exercise Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University, ST4 2DF, UK; E-Mails: a.healy@staffs.ac.uk (A.H.); r.naemi@staffs.ac.uk (R.N.); p.burgess-walker@staffs.ac.uk (P.B.-W.)
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School of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Melbourne 3000, Australia; E-Mail: Aladin.Zayegh@vu.edu.au
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Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam 40000, Selangor, Malaysia
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Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) and School of Sport and Exercise Science (SES), Victoria University, Melbourne 3000, Australia; E-Mail: Rezaul.Begg@vu.edu.au
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Centre for Industrial Collaboration, School of Microelectronic Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Arau, Perlis 02600, Malaysia; E-Mail: yufridin@unimap.edu.my
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Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-Mails: n.chockalingam@staffs.ac.uk (N.C.); hadi@ieee.org (A.H.A.R.); Tel.: +44-1782-295-853 (N.C.); Tel.: +61-3-9919-5047 (A.H.A.R.); Fax: +61-3-9919-4908 (A.H.A.R.).
Received: 22 January 2013; in revised form: 18 February 2013 / Accepted: 5 March 2013 /
Published: 13 March 2013

Comments

We would like to comment on a recent review article published in Sensors by Razak et al. [1]. The authors provided a review of plantar pressure measurement systems which included the discussion of the recently developed WalkinSense® system. While the authors correctly identified that our group completed research using this system [2], they have inaccurately reported the manufacturer of the system and our research findings.

The authors stated that this system was developed by our group, however, as stated in our article [2], this system was developed by Tomorrow Options Microelectronics (Sheffield, UK). Additionally they stated inaccurately that the WalkinSense® system is similar to the F-Scan® (Tekscan, Boston, MA, USA) hardware and software and that our research concluded that WalkinSense® had a better repeatability when compared to other commercially available systems. Our research [2] clearly concluded that the WalkinSense® system was found to be as repeatable as the F-Scan® system.

There are several papers which outline the existing technologies [3], the protocols used for data collection [4,5] and the repeatability of existing systems [6]. Whilst this paper [1], is mainly intended for a different audience when compared to clinical papers, it is very important that previously published information is carefully considered, critically reviewed and succinctly presented in a review paper.

We felt compelled to write this note so that: (1) it is not misinterpreted that we developed this system and (2) our research findings are not inaccurately reported.

References

  1. Razak, A.; Zayegh, A.; Begg, R.K.; Wahab, Y. Foot Plantar Pressure Measurement System: A Review. Sensors 2012, 12, 9884–9912.
  2. Healy, A.; Burgess-Walker, P.; Naemi, R.; Chockalingam, N. Repeatability of WalkinSense® in Shoe Pressure Measurement System: A Preliminary study. The Foot 2012, 22, 35–39.
  3. Rosenbaum, D.; Becker, H.P. Review Article: Plantar Pressure Distribution Measurements. Technical Background and Clinical Applications. Foot Ankle Surg. 1997, 3, 1–14.
  4. Bus, S.A; de Lange, A. A. Comparison of the 1-Step, 2-Step, and 3-Step Protocols for Obtaining Barefoot Plantar Pressure Data in the Diabetic Neuropathic Foot. Clin. Biomech. 2005, 20, 892–899.
  5. McPoil, T.G.; Cornwall, M.W.; Dupuis, L.; Cornwell, M. Variability of Plantar Pressure Data. A Comparison of the Two-Step and Midgait Methods. J. Am. Podiatr. Med. Assoc. 1999, 89, 495–501.
  6. Ramanathan, A.K.; Kiran, P.; Arnold, G.P.; Wang, W.; Abboud, R.J. Repeatability of the Pedar-X® in-shoe pressure measuring system. Foot Ankle Surg. 2010, 16, 70–73.
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