- Research Area:
- Pervasive Health
- In progress
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Old age is usually associated with a reduction in mobility. It cost the National Health Service approximately £2 billion annually to treat elderly people who falls due to a decrease in gait motor control. Gait analysis is the primary method to access the risk of falls in the elderly. It is a well-established research discipline but is mostly confined to a laboratory environment.
The aim of this research project is to develop an insole that can measure balance and gait patterns (both good indications whether a person is at risk of fall) and to do so in a free-living (natural) environment. Once an elderly person has been classified falls risk, exercise programmes (for example the Exergames project developed by the ITT Group) can help to rehabilitate the person.
The insole developed here measures kinematics and kinetics through an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and a collection of three degree-of-freedom (DOF) load cells. The data collected from the device is transmitted wirelessly to a PC or tablet. It is then processed and analysed to determine the subject’s risk of a fall. The intention is to also apply the insole to identify other gait related.