Development of an ankle foot orthosis for hemiplegic children

Mohamaddan, Shahrol and Ishak, N.Z. and Shanat, Musdi and Md Dawal, Siti Zawiah (2018) Development of an ankle foot orthosis for hemiplegic children. Journal of Telecommunication, Electronic and Computer Engineering, 10 (1-16). pp. 103-106. ISSN 2180-1843,

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Hemiplegia is a half body paralysis which causes disability in mobility function. Hemiplegia is normally discovered since early birth and is not curable. Treatment such as physical therapy can be carried out for the hemiplegic patient to prevent muscle contraction, especially at the early age. In this research, a tool for the physical therapy and gait assistance known as ankle foot orthosis (AFO) was developed for the hemiplegic children. The AFO was based on the active concept that mobilised the ankle by preventing excessive plantarflexion and allowed dorsiflexion. A linear type DC (direct current) motor was used as the actuator. The maximum range of motion (ROM) was +20° for the dorsiflexion and -20° for plantarflexion movement. The prototype was fabricated using 3D printing. Simple control for the device was developed using Arduino kits. The development of a new AFO is hoped to support the rehabilitation of the hemiplegic children.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) under the Research Acculturation Collaboration Effort (RACE) grant [Grant No: RACE/c(4)/1333/2016(6)]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ankle Foot Orthosis; Dorsiflexion; Gait Assistance; Hemiplegic
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 21 May 2019 04:37
Last Modified: 21 May 2019 04:37

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