Roll-over shapes of the human foot/ankle complex

A. H. Hansen, D. S. Childress

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Roll-over shapes of the human foot/ankle complex are shown for three subjects walking at five different self-selected walking speeds (very slow, slow, normal, fast, very fast). The results indicate that the roll-over shape of the foot does not change dramatically from heel contact to opposite heel contact at these different speeds and that the foot/ankle complex could be approximated using a passive structure during this period of the gait cycle. Both of these aspects seem promising for the future development of prosthetic feet. A prosthetic foot that deforms to a proper roll-over shape may perform similarly to the human foot/ankle complex for any walking speed. The findings of this work may also be useful in other areas of prosthetics and orthotics research and rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)828-830
Number of pages3
JournalAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000


  • Ankle-foot orthoses
  • Foot/ankle complex
  • Prosthetic feet
  • Rocker models
  • Roll-over shapes


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