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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2015 March;55(3):191-204


lingua: Inglese

Review of clinical approaches and diagnostic quantities used in pedobarographic measurements

Deschamps K. 1, 2, 3, 4, Roosen P. 5, Nobels F. 6, Deleu P-A. 4, 7, Birch I. 8, Desloovere K. 9, Bruyninckx H. 10, Matricali G. 1, Staes F. 2

1 Division of Musculoskeletal Disorders, University Hospitals Leuven, KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium; 2 Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (KULeuven), Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research Group, Leuven, Belgium; 3 Laboratory for Clinical Motion Analysis, University Hospital Pellenberg, KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium; 4 Institut D’Enseignement Supérieur, Parnasse Deux‑Alice, Division of Podiatry, Bruxelles, Belgium; 5 Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Research Group: Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, University Ghent, Ghent, Belgium; 6 Department of Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Clinic, Onze‑Lieve-Vrouw Ziekenhuis Aalst, Belgium; 7 Foot & Ankle Institute, Clinique du Parc Léopold, Etterbeek, Belgium; 8 Consultant Forensic Biomechanist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK; 9 Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium; 10 Department of Mechanical Engineering, KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium


The non-invasive nature of pedobarographic measurements is particularly attractive to researchers for analyzing and characterizing the impact of specific pathological foot conditions. However, adequate clinical use of pedobarographic technology requires a profound technical and methodological knowledge. Several papers summarized the technical capacities of pedobarographic technology. Moreover, methodological expertise has grown considerably during the last two decades. Therefore, two crucial decisions have to be made before pathomechanical modelling or functional interpretation of foot and lower limb disorders can be pursued. The first is the selection of the specific method to analyse the dynamic plantar footprint, and the second is the choice of parameters to quantify the results. In the first part of this paper, we review the different methods used to analyse the dynamic plantar footprint and discuss their conceptual backgrounds. We also aim to illustrate the clinical relevance of each method and elaborate on the future perspectives. In the second part, we review quantification methods of pedobarographic measurements. The latter is of primary relevance to clinicians and investigators with a special interest in foot and lower limb biomechanics.

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