The Department of Biomechanics is expanding our research efforts to the lower extremities, focusing on how surgical adjustments of the foot and ankle structures affect function. Currently, the Foot & Ankle group is developing a robotic gait simulator that will allow for the assessment of various surgical techniques aimed at the correction foot and ankle deformities. The goal of this research emphasis is to translate the experimental simulator and computational findings into clinically relevant tools that will improve patient outcomes.
• A biomechanical comparison of calcaneal osteotomy wedge geometry during simulated standing in a cadaveric flatfoot model
• Development of a robotic gait simulator with specific inputs from the flatfoot patient population
• A biomechanical comparison of ankle stresses following hindfoot fusions during uneven standing in a cadaveric model