Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood motor disability that effects 0.3% of children in the US and two-Thirds of them have gait impairment. An ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) is commonly prescribed as a gait assistance. The function of an AFO is maximized when its stiffness and neutral angle are optimally prescribed to address each user s issue. However, the prescription process is not standardized and is subjective to the prescribing clinician. Only one-Third of AFOs improved the user s gait while another one-Third negatively affected the gait. A tunable AFO is developed to allow clinicians to test a range of stiffness and neutral angle of a passive AFO, making the prescription more likely to have a positive effect. The design of tunable AFO has a weight of about a typical plastic AFO and a dimension designed for children. It covers 90% range of stiffness and neutral angle of prescribed AFOs. It can withstand the torque applied during walking. Mechanisms of adjusting both parameters operate fast and are controlled by a microprocessor. A benchtop prototype was built to test the adjustment mechanisms. Both mechanisms were validated.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 2023 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2023|
|Publisher||American Society of Mechanical Engineers|
|State||Published - 2023|
|Event||2023 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2023 - Minneapolis, United States|
Duration: Apr 17 2023 → Apr 21 2023
|Name||Proceedings of the 2023 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2023|
|Conference||2023 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2023|
|Period||4/17/23 → 4/21/23|
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- Cerebral palsy
- Gait assistance
- Objective prescription