Development of an artificial foot enabling the simulation of the natural behaviour of the human unroll of the foot during walking and running
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Published: 10 April 2012
The percentage of sports and leisure shoes sold worldwide is gradually increasing. However, consumers have little or no objective information on the mechanical properties of the shoes. A justified selection protocol of sports and leisure shoes based on static and dynamic shoe properties considering the intended use is essential. Today, commonly accepted dynamic test protocols for (sports) shoes do not exist.
The development of an artificial parametric foot as part of an innovative robot gait simulator is a tool to objectify shoe properties independently from possible compensations encountered during assessment of test persons. This contribution discusses the development of an artificial foot enabling objective testing of the mechanical and functional properties of sports and leisure shoes.
Materials and methods
An improved artificial foot design with built-in springs and dampers for objective testing of shoe properties is realized. The design needs further elaboration with respect to geometry, foot axes and functional behaviour. This mechanical foot is a promising tool to help us understand mechanical properties of shoes using strictly standardised testing protocols using mechanical gait simulators.
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