Prosthetic Gait: Biomechanical Analysis and Clinical Assessment

Siobhan Strike, John T Brinkmann

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An understanding of gait is essential for maximizing the mobility and function of the user of lower limb prostheses. Instrumented and observational gait analysis is valuable for guiding clinical decisions and in assessing treatment outcomes. A detailed understanding of the kinematic (motion) and kinetic (force) patterns of the hip, knee, and ankle during walking in individuals without limb absence will aid the clinician in restoring a competent, efficient, and adaptable gait pattern in prosthesis users and improve functional performance in real-world locomotive tasks. Gait deviations in prosthesis users are complex and dynamic and influenced by the level of limb loss and the prosthetic components chosen by the clinician. Understanding how patient factors (eg, strength and range of motion) and prosthetic factors (eg, fit and alignment) influence gait is essential for effective prosthetic care.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAtlas of Amputations and Limb Deficiencies
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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