Gait Analysis of Slope Lateral Walking: A Preliminary Study
Objective: The purposes of this study were to investigate the differences in gait parameters of lower extremity joints and the center of the pressure between level and slope lateral walking, and hopefully to improve labor safety. Method: Four normal subjects participated in this study. The entire lateral walking cycle can be divided into the stance phase and the swing phase. Slope inclinations were set at 5 degree. The subjects walked from the bottom of the slope to the top. The data was collected for 5 seconds for each trial. Results: Similar pattern was found in the first and the second force plate which indicated that the increasing height on the slope didn’t change the trajectory of center of pressure. Conclusions: The pattern of the ankle joint of the left foot was significantly different from that of the right ankle during level and slope lateral walking. The results will help labors to decrease the possibility of being injured, and to promote the performance.