Effects of Wearing a Powered Ankle-Foot Prosthesis on Amputee Walking
Amputees wearing a conventional prosthesis require 20-30% more metabolic energy to walk at the same speeds as non-amputees and this discrepancy is more apparent at faster walking speeds. Amputees choose to walk at speeds 30-40% slower than non-amputees. Preferred walking speed is likely influenced by elevated metabolic energy, but the underlying reason for slower preferred walking speeds is not fully understood. Unilateral amputees exhibit highly asymmetrical gait patterns that likely require more metabolic energy and impair functional mobility, increasing the risk of degenerative joint disease, osteo-arthritis and lower back pain. Improvements in prosthetic devices could enhance mobility in amputees, thus positively effecting rehabilitation and ambulation in veterans. A prosthesis that allows amputees to reduce metabolic energy would be especially useful for rehabilitation in older, ill individuals with reduced exercise capacities and could literally restore walking ability in people that are currently non-ambulatory.
Hypotheses. Amputees wearing the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Powered Ankle-Foot (PAF) prosthesis will have a lower metabolic cost, faster preferred walking speed, and improved gait symmetry during walking than amputees wearing a conventional prosthesis and will have nearly the same metabolic cost, preferred walking speed, and gait symmetry during walking as age, gender, height, and weight matched non-amputees.
|Traumatic Amputation of Lower Extremity||Device: Powered ankle-foot prosthesis Other: No device|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
|Official Title:||Effects of Wearing a Powered Ankle-Foot Prosthesis on Amputee Walking|
- Metabolic Cost of Transport [ Time Frame: 1 year ]We measured and compared gross rates of oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production using a portable metabolic analysis system (Cosmed K4b2, IT) while participants walked at five constance velocities (0.75, 1.00, 1.25, 1.50 and 1.75 m/s) on a level treadmill (SoleFitness F85). We calculated average steady-state metabolic power in Watts (W) from 4-6 min of each trial using a standard equation. Then, we divided the metabolic power by each participant's weight and velocity to calculate the metabolic cost of transport (J/Nm).
- Preferred Walking Velocity [ Time Frame: 1 year ]We determined preferred walking velocity by incrementally increasing and decreasing treadmill velocity until each participant ascertained the velocity that they felt most comfortable.
- Trailing Leg Step-to-step Transition Work [ Time Frame: 1 year ]We calculated step-to-step transition work, the work done by each individual leg on the center of mass during transitions, using the individual limbs method described by Donelan et al. 2002. Trailing leg step-to-step transition work quantifies the amount of push-off work done by the trailing leg when both feet are on the ground during walking. Work (J) is normalized to each subject's mass (kg).
|Study Start Date:||March 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||January 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Powered ankle-foot prosthesis and passive-elastic prosthesis
Device: Powered ankle-foot prosthesis
The powered ankle-foot prosthesis is comprised of a series-elastic actuator (SEA) and an elastic leaf spring. This technology has been previously developed for robotic and human rehabilitation applications. The SEA allows for precise force control of the ankle joint, thus mimicking the spring-like behavior of the human ankle, as well as providing adequate energy for forward progression of the body. From the early stance period to the mid-stance period of walking, the SEA will be controlled so that the ankle joint behaves like a spring. During the late stance period, the SEA will be employed to power the forward movement of the body. The elastic leaf spring will provide shock absorption during foot strike, energy storage during early stance, and energy return during late stance.
|Other: No device|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00869947
|United States, Rhode Island|
|VA Medical Center, Providence|
|Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02908|
|Principal Investigator:||Alena Grabowski, PhD BA||VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver, CO|