Heel Raise Measurement Device for Plantarflexion Physiotherapy

Project

Our Community Partner
Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital

Our Faculty Members
Associate Professor Alfred Tan
Engineering Cluster
Assistant Professor Indriyati Atmosukarto, Assistant Professor Jennie Lee, Dr Goh Weihan
Infocomm Technology Cluster

Background

In a typical heel raise exercise for patients undergoing rehabilitation, the physiotherapist often determine how much the feet have raised through visual inspection. Elderly patients’ balance training starts from the ankle forward/backward sway control.

Challenges
  • Patients perform heel raise exercise to strengthen muscles around the ankles, with a physiotherapist making a visual estimate of the extent of the patient’s heel raise.
  • Errors may occur due to inaccurate measurement, thus leading to less effective rehabilitative exercises.
Key Innovation
  • Design a contactless heel raise device to sense, measure, record, analyse, display and provide feedback to heel raise exercising users.
Impact
  • Alleviate workload of physiotherapists.
  • Provide more accurate analysis of the exercise outcomes. As patients perform heel raise exercises, the device can track and record data, allowing a therapist to better understand the patient’s capability.
  • Potential development of mobile applications, interactive interfaces, and algorithms to allow user-feedback on the heel raise measurement device.