Force sensing resistors (FSR) have been used to measure dynamic stump/socket interface pressures during the gait of a trans-tibial amputee. A total of 350 pressure sensors were attached to the inner wall of a hydrocast socket. Data were sampled at 150Hz during approximately 0.8 seconds of prosthetic stance of gait. The dynamic pressure distributions within a hand cast socket reported by Convery and Buis (1998) are compared with those monitored within a hydrocast socket for the same amputee. The pressure gradients within the hydrocast socket are less than that of the hand cast Patellar-Tendon-Bearing (PTB) socket. The proximal 'ring' of high pressure in the hand cast PTB socket is replaced with a more distal pressure in the hydrocast socket.
- force sensing resistors
- dynamic stump/socket interface
- trans-tibial amputation
- hydrocast socket
- dynamic pressure distribution
- hand cast socket