Method for ankle foot orthotics’ mechanical assessment: a pilot study
Keywords:Ankle-foot orthoses, dynamical experiment, Forces distribution
This research work is focused on the task to establish a new and as simple as possible algorithm and/or method for AFO durability testing. The means of exploring/testing its mechanics were supposed to be as minimal as possible. The testing object – new product (AFO) was obtained from the company “OT” with a request to find weakest points of AFO and strength limits.
Summary of the results from static and dynamic experiments allowed to assess AFO durability and identified its weak point of construction and possible loading conditions. Therefore, methodology could be suitable for simple orthoses’ evaluation in manufactory processes and stages or implementation of new product.