Journal article

A comparative study on approximate entropy measure and poincare plot indexes of minimum foot clearance variability in the elderly during walking

Ahsan H Khandoker, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Rezaul K Begg

JOURNAL OF NEUROENGINEERING AND REHABILITATION | BMC | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Trip-related falls which is a major problem in the elderly population, might be linked to declines in the balance control function due to ageing. Minimum foot clearance (MFC) which provides a more sensitive measure of the motor function of the locomotor system, has been identified as a potential gait parameter associated with trip-related falls in older population. This paper proposes nonlinear indexes (approximate entropy (ApEn) and Poincaré plot indexes) of MFC variability and investigates the relationship of MFC with derived indexes of elderly gait patterns. The main aim is to find MFC variability indexes that well correlate with balance impairments. METHODS: MFC data during t..

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