Abstract

Weakness of the hip abduction muscles can result in a gait disorder named Trendelenburg gait, which can lead to problems in the hip joint, knees, and ankles. In this paper, the conceptual design of a compliant hip orthosis to prevent Trendelenburg gait is presented. A theoretical analysis and measurements on a technical prototype show a high stiffness ratio between adduction and flexion-extension of the leg, and minimal shear forces from the orthosis on the human body while staying close to the human body.

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