J-GLOBAL ID:200904008352609633  Research Project code:0450024081 Update date:Sep. 17, 2004

Development of an artificial limb component that can improve users' walking functions on frontal and horizontal planes

Study period:2004 - 2005
Research overview:
Even in an era in which there are diverse sophisticated artificial limb components exist, users of artificial limb need to have skill in placing weight on the orthosis and the movement itself can cause strong tension on users. As a result, some users can develop deformation of spine, because when they stand on the artificial limb, they are forced to have their weight of upper body on the side of the artificial limb (body trunk of lateral fold) and to walk in an abnormal way. Some other users of lower limb orthosis (artificial limb for those who have their limb amputated between knee and ankle) have swaying movement in their knee joint when they place body weight on the orthosis. This study aims at identifying orthosis properties necessary for walking on frontal and horizontal planes and developing components having the identified functions to reduce the burden on users and improve their walking. It has already been confirmed that, by applying existing components and adding functions suitable for walking on the frontal plane, users' walking can be improved.
Project Organization (1):
  • (E369000000)
Research program: Funded Research
Research budget: 2004: \1,129,000

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