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Wavelet-based multiscale analysis of minimum toe clearance variability in the young and elderly during walking

Ahsan H Khandoker, Chandan K Karmakar, Rezaul K Begg, Marimuthu Palaniswami

Proceedings of the 29th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society | IEEE | Published : 2007

Abstract

As humans age or are influenced by pathology of the neuromuscular system, gait patterns are known to adjust, accommodating for reduced function in the balance control system. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a wavelet based multiscale analysis of a gait variable [minimum toe clearance (MTC)] in deriving indexes for understanding age-related declines in gait performance and screening of balance impairments in the elderly. MTC during walking on a treadmill for 30 healthy young, 27 healthy elderly and 10 falls risk elderly subjects with a history of tripping falls were analyzed. The MTC signal from each subject was decomposed to eight detailed signals at different w..

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