Ankle-foot orthoses or AFO’s are external mechanical devices that support the foot and ankle to assist and improve the gait of patients with muscular and/or neurological problems in the lower leg region. To improve the functionality of these orthoses quite some experimental research projects have been carried out and published in the past. However, only a handful of projects included basic finite element analyses (FEA) [1–3], mainly because of the diversity and complex geometry of the AFO’s. This preliminary study should give raise to a series of detailed finite element analyses based on 3D laser scans of ankle-foot orthoses.
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A Preliminary Study on the Mechanics of Ankle-Foot Orthoses: From 3D Laser Scan to Smooth Finite Element Model
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Praet, T, De Beule, M, Van Cauter, S, & Verhegghe, B. "A Preliminary Study on the Mechanics of Ankle-Foot Orthoses: From 3D Laser Scan to Smooth Finite Element Model." Proceedings of the ASME 2009 Summer Bioengineering Conference. ASME 2009 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B. Lake Tahoe, California, USA. June 17–21, 2009. pp. 199-200. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2009-206590
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