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Zhang, M. & Lee, W. C. C. (2006). Quantifying the Regional Load-Bearing Ability of Trans-Tibial Stumps. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 30 (1), 25-34.


This paper reports findings of experiments aiming to (1) compare the load tolerant ability over different regions of stumps of lower limb amputees, (2) study the effect of walking on the load tolerant ability, and (3) examine the distal-end weight-bearing ability supported by different interface materials. The method was to apply increasing load to the stump up to the pain level through a force transducer or a digital scale, considering the effect of regional difference, walking, and interface materials. The results show that the patellar tendon and the distal end of the fibula were the best and worst load-tolerant region, respectively. Walking with prostheses tended to increase the load-tolerant ability, which is thought to be due to the massage-like effect of the socket. Different interface materials did not significantly alter the distal-end weight-bearing ability. However, there was a great difference in the distal-end weight-bearing ability among different subjects.



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