Relation of stump length with various gait parameters in trans-tibial amputees
Majumdar, Koyel; Lenka, P.K.; Mondal, R.K.; Kumar, R. and Triberwala, D.N. (2008) Relation of stump length with various gait parameters in trans-tibial amputees. Online Journal Of Health And Allied Sciences, 7 (2). ISSN 0972-5997
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The purpose of this paper is evaluating the impact of stump length of unilateral below knee amputees (BKA) on different gait parameters. Nine unilateral BKA were chosen and divided into three groups comprising patients with short, medium, and long stump length. Each of them underwent gait analysis test by Computer Dynography (CDG) system to measure the gait parameters. It was found that the ground reaction force is higher in the patients with medium stump length whereas the velocity, step length both for the prosthetic and sound limb and cadence were high in longer stump length. Statistical analysis shows a significant difference (p<0.05) between the gait parameters of BKA with medium and longer stump length. The patients with longer stump length were more efficient than medium and short stump patients as they consumed comparatively lesser energy while walking with self-selected velocity and conventional (Solid ankle cushioned heel) SACH foot.
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