The term motion analysis is referred to the interpretation of computerized data that documents individuals lower and upper extremities, pelvis, trunk and head motion. This research area, typically conducted with stereophotogrammetric systems, force plate plantar pressure measurement tools and electromyography systems, aims to measure parameters correlated with the patients functional capability that allows to distinguish between normal and abnormal gait. Gait analysis has become a fundamental discipline in the current clinical practice, in monitoring the course of a disease or of a rehabilitation protocol, and in the support for indication of treatments or surgeries. In this context we have developed a three dimensional kinematics model able to measure foot and ankle motion that was able to measure gait alterations in diabetic neuropathic subjects in order to monitor foot injuries that contribute to frequent foot ulceration. The main goals of our research activity are:
Bioengineering of Movement Laboratory
A. 6 cameras stereophotogrammetric system (60-120 Hz - BTS S.r.l, Padova),
B. 2 plantar pressure systems (410 x 410 x 0.5 mm, 0.64 cm2 resolution, 150 Hz, Imagortesi, Piacenza),
C. 2 force plates (FP4060-10, Bertec Corporation, USA),
D. Electromyography 8 channels wireless BTS FreeEMG and 16 channels BTS Pocket,
E. Pedobarographic system Pedar-X (256 max sensors, 20K Hz - Novel, DE).