The gait assessment is instrumental for evaluating the efficiency of rehabilitation of persons with a motor impairment of the lower extremities. The protocol for quantifying the gait performance needs to be simple and easy to implement; therefore, a wearable system and user-friendly computer program are preferable. We used the Gait Master (instrumented insoles) with the industrial quality ground reaction forces (GRF) sensors and 6D inertial measurement units (IMU). WiFi transmitted 10 signals from the GRF sensors and 12 signals from the accelerometers and gyroscopes to the host computer. The clinician was following in real-time the acquired data to be assured that the WiFi operated correctly. We developed a method that uses principal component analysis (PCA) to provide a clinician with easy to interpret cyclograms showing the difference between the recorded and healthy-like gait performance. The cyclograms formed by the first two principal components in the PCA space show the step-to-step reproducibility. We suggest that a cyclogram and its orientation to the coordinate system PC1 vs. PC2 allow a simple assessment of the gait. We show results for six healthy persons and five patients with hemiplegia.
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 2021|
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- ground reaction force
- inertial measurement unit