20 September 2012
Sylvain Carbes of AnyBody Technology gave a public webcast on 20th September 2012 presenting the highly detailed musculoskeletal foot model which includes all bones and joints of a real foot.
Developed in collaboration with researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University and Maastricht University, this has referred to as the "Glasgow-Maastricht foot model". This pioneering model is driven by motion capture data and uses combined force plate/pressure plate for accurate loading of the different joints. Built-in scaling allows the user to reproduce principal foot deformities such as flat foot and hallux valgus. The high detail level of the model and a built-in scaling protocol allows the user to investigate a wide range of parameters like joints motion and load, muscles activation, both in healthy and pathologic feet.
Professor Jim Woodburn, project co-ordinator, said: “Previous to this development, most computer models of the human body ended in a black rectangle – the foot was simply too complicated to model. The Glasgow/Maastricht foot is a game changer. It opens the door to a huge range of applications, including the manufacture of better and more efficient orthotics, resulting in quicker recovery times, reduced symptoms and improved functional ability for those suffering from conditions which afflict the foot and lower leg.
“The fact the model has been named, at least in part, after Glasgow is testament to the hard work put in by the team working at GCU.”
Arne Kiis, Sales Manager, AnyBody Technology, said the foot model has an unprecedented level of anatomical detail.
He said: “With the sophisticated analytical capabilities of the AnyBody Modeling System, orthopaedic device manufacturers, gait lab researchers, and others now have a unique opportunity to create a new generation of outstanding products and services based on a thorough understanding of dynamic foot biomechanics.”
Michiel Oosterwaal, clinical researcher at Maastricht University Medical Center, explained the model will also lead to more and better information about the workings of the muscles in the lower leg.
He said: “The collaboration between the teams of GCU and Anybody Technology in this project in general, and development of this model in particular, have been of great use in the foot and ankle research conducted at the Maastricht University Medical Center.”
To access the playback of the webcast and related presentation, please visit http://www.anybodytech.com/index.php?id=196 Please note that you will be prompted to register as a new user before viewing the content.