Background: A therapy device for relief-providing gait training (referred to as a medical balancer in this article) was developed to enable the treatment of patients with partial load bearing of the lower extremities. The purpose of this study was to check whether the load relief in the foot during walking is detectable with partial load adjustments of 15 kg, 30 kg and 45 kg. Method: A total of 30 subjects (20 men and 10 women) aged between 20 and 30 years were examined. The pressure on the sole of the foot was measured for an adjusted load relief on the apparatus of 15 kg, 30 kg and 45 kg partial loading. Pedographic measurements were performed with an in-shoe sole measurement system. The system was customized for each of the 30 test subjects. Each foot was divided into 10 zones. The individual sections of the foot during walking were compared at full load and at partial loads of 15 kg, 30 kg and 45 kg. Results: The results showed load relief in all four phases in the individual relief levels. The zones heel, metatarsals, ball 1, ball 2 and toe 1 reached the highest load during walking but were below the specified partial load values. The partial load levels of 15 kg, 30 kg and 45 kg differed significantly from full load (p < 0.001). Conclusion: According to the results of this clinical examination, the conceptualized exercise device medical balancer is suitable for gait training under partial load.
|Translated title of the contribution||Examination of the relief function of a newly developed load-adapting rehabilitation apparatus for gait training|
|Journal||Trauma und Berufskrankheit|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 01.06.2019|