The rapid development of gait analysis and its increasing application to pathological gait in children has created an urgent need for normative data. However, research on maturation of gait in children is just in the beginning stage in Taiwan. In order to care for the welfare of children, more data and knowledge in the field are mandatory. The first goal of this study is to offer some background data and basic studies to any other researchers who are interested in this topic. The second goal was to investigate the corresponding factors to gait parameters, such as body weight, height, angular deformities (genu varum and valgum) and torsional deformities (toe in and out). In this study, twenty-three children (five years old in average) were included and motion analysis and force plate system were applied to investigate the kinematics and kinetics of lower limbs. The results showed that body height and weight are both corresponding factors to gait development. Gait analyses revealed that there were no differences between boys and girls. Children with genu valgum attend to more gait stability using compensatory mechanism.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Biomedical Engineering - Applications, Basis and Communications|
|Publication status||Published - 2003 Aug 25|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biomedical Engineering