Next Article in Journal
Influence of Errors in Tactile Sensors on Some High Level Parameters Used for Manipulation with Robotic Hands
Next Article in Special Issue
Feature Selection and Predictors of Falls with Foot Force Sensors Using KNN-Based Algorithms
Previous Article in Journal
Fuzzy Logic-Based Guaranteed Lifetime Protocol for Real-Time Wireless Sensor Networks
Previous Article in Special Issue
Improved Measurement of Blood Pressure by Extraction of Characteristic Features from the Cuff Oscillometric Waveform
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sensors 2015, 15(8), 20392-20408; doi:10.3390/s150820392

Identification of Foot Pathologies Based on Plantar Pressure Asymmetry

1
College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Melbourne VIC-3032, Australia
2
Boronia Podiatry, Melbourne VIC-3155, Australia
3
School of Engineering, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes SA-5095, Australia
4
Gait and Balance Research Group, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University, Melbourne VIC-3032, Australia
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Panicos Kyriacou
Received: 13 March 2015 / Revised: 7 August 2015 / Accepted: 11 August 2015 / Published: 18 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Collection Sensors for Globalized Healthy Living and Wellbeing)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [1685 KB, uploaded 18 August 2015]   |  

Abstract

Foot pathologies can negatively influence foot function, consequently impairing gait during daily activity, and severely impacting an individual’s quality of life. These pathologies are often painful and correspond with high or abnormal plantar pressure, which can result in asymmetry in the pressure distribution between the two feet. There is currently no general consensus on the presence of asymmetry in able-bodied gait, and plantar pressure analysis during gait is in dire need of a standardized method to quantify asymmetry. This paper investigates the use of plantar pressure asymmetry for pathological gait diagnosis. The results of this study involving plantar pressure analysis in fifty one participants (31 healthy and 20 with foot pathologies) support the presence of plantar pressure asymmetry in normal gait. A higher level of asymmetry was detected at the majority of the regions in the feet of the pathological population, including statistically significant differences in the plantar pressure asymmetry in two regions of the foot, metatarsophalangeal joint 3 (MPJ3) and the lateral heel. Quantification of plantar pressure asymmetry may prove to be useful for the identification and diagnosis of various foot pathologies. View Full-Text
Keywords: foot pathology; gait symmetry; plantar pressure foot pathology; gait symmetry; plantar pressure
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Wafai, L.; Zayegh, A.; Woulfe, J.; Aziz, S.M.; Begg, R. Identification of Foot Pathologies Based on Plantar Pressure Asymmetry. Sensors 2015, 15, 20392-20408.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Sensors EISSN 1424-8220 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top