Development of a wearable plantar force measurement device for gait analysis in remote conditions

Rawnak Hamid, Suharshani Wijesundara, Lachlan McMillan, David Scott, Jean Michel Redoute, Peter R. Ebeling, Mehmet Rasit Yuce

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The pressure field that exists between the foot and the supporting surface is identified as the foot plantar pressure. The information obtained from foot plantar pressure measurements has useful applications that include diagnosis of gait disturbances, optimization of footwear design, sport biomechanics and prevention of injury. Using wearable technology to measure foot plantar pressure continuously allows the collection of comprehensive real-life data sets while interfering minimally with the subject's daily activities. This paper presents the design of a wearable device to measure foot plantar pressure. Mechanical and electrical design considerations as well as data analysis are discussed. A pilot study involving 20 physically fit volunteers (15 males and 5 females, ageing from 20 - 45) performing a variety of physical activities (such as standing, walking, jumping and climbing up and down stairs) illustrate the potential of the device in terms of its wearability, and suitability for unobtrusive long-term monitoring.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC 2017)
EditorsEung Je Woo, Yuan-ting Zhang, Thomas Penzel
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781509028092
ISBN (Print)9781509028108
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2017
EventInternational Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 2017 - Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of (South)
Duration: 11 Jul 201715 Jul 2017
Conference number: 39th (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 2017
Abbreviated titleEMBC 2017
CountryKorea, Republic of (South)
CityJeju Island
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