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A novel instrumented outsole for real-time foot kinematics measurement: validation across different speeds and simulated foot landing in Cerebral Palsy gait
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  • Rishabh Bajpai ,
  • Ashutosh Tiwari ,
  • Anant Jain ,
  • Deepak Joshi ,
  • Lalan Kumar
Rishabh Bajpai
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

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Ashutosh Tiwari
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Anant Jain
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Deepak Joshi
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Lalan Kumar
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Neuromuscular disorders in Cerebral Palsy (CP) patients lead to foot deformities and affect foot biomechanics leading to compromised gait. The objective of the present work is to develop a wearable instrumentation to measure foot kinematics such as foot-to-ground angle in three-dimensional planes and to measure the foot clearance i.e., toe and heel clearances. A template-based outsole was developed that incorporated an optical distance sensor located anatomically on the outsole and the magnetometer to measure the foot kinematics. The developed system was validated against the reference marker-based motion capture system. The data from eight able-bodied participants were acquired simultaneously from both the systems at three different walking speeds. A CoP based feedback was presented to the participants to shift the sagittal CoP anteriorly, posteriorly and normal to simulate the walking pattern of CP patients with three different foot landing strategies. Pearson’s correlation coefficient of more than or equal to 0.62, root mean square error of less than or equal to 7.81 degrees and limit of agreement of more than or equal to 95% is found. The measurement accuracy reported with outsole while participants simulated CP gait shows the potential of present work in real-time foot kinematics detection in CP patients.