Quantifying the regional load-bearing ability of trans-tibial stumps

Zhang, Ming & Lee, Winson C.C. (2006) Quantifying the regional load-bearing ability of trans-tibial stumps. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 30(1), pp. 25-34.

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This paper reports findings of experiments aiming to 1) compare the load tolerant ability over different regions of the residual limbs, 2) study the effect of walking on the load tolerant ability, and 3) examine the distal end weight-bearing ability supported by different interface materials. The method was to apply increasing load to the residual limb until the pain level through a force transducer or a digital scale, considering the effect of regional difference, walking and interface materials. Results show that the patellar tendon and the distal end of the fibula were the best and worst load tolerant region respectively. Walking with prostheses tended to increase the load tolerant ability, believed due to the massage-like effect of the socket. Different interface materials did not significantly alter the distal end weight-bearing ability. However, there was a great difference in the distal end weight-bearing ability among different subjects.

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ID Code: 4042
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: l.winson@qut.edu.au
Keywords: distal end weight, bearing, interface material, pain, prosthetics, residual limb, walking duration
DOI: 10.1080/03093640500468074
ISSN: 1746-1553
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300) > Rehabilitation Engineering (090305)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Prosthetics and Orthotics International 30(1):pp. 25-34.
Deposited On: 21 Dec 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 18:37

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