Centre of pressure during walking after unilateral transfemoral amputation

Daisuke Ichimura, Genki Hisano, Hiroto Murata, Toshiki Kobayashi, Hiroaki Hobara

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Lower-limb amputation imposes a health burden on amputees; thus, gait assessments are required prophylactically and clinically, particularly for individuals with unilateral transfemoral amputation (UTFA). The centre of pressure (COP) during walking is one of the most useful parameters for evaluating gait. Although superimposed COP trajectories reflect the gait characteristics of individuals with neurological disorders, the quantitative characteristics based on the COP trajectories of individuals with UTFA remain unclear. Thus, these COP trajectories were investigated across a range of walking speeds in this study. The COP trajectories were recorded on a split-belt force-instrumented treadmill at eight walking speeds. Asymmetry and variability parameters were compared based on the COP trajectories of 25 individuals with UTFA and 25 able-bodied controls. The COP trajectories of the individuals with UTFA were significantly larger in lateral asymmetry and variability but did not show significant differences in anterior–posterior variability compared with those of the able-bodied controls. Further, the individuals with UTFA demonstrated larger lateral asymmetry at lower speeds. These results suggest that (1) individuals with UTFA adopt orientation-specific balance control strategies during gait and (2) individuals with UTFA could also be exposed to a higher risk of falling at lower walk speeds.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17501
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

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