2019 年 31 巻 4 号 p. 354-359
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to develop an assessment tool that reflects the ankle function during the terminal stance of gait using an inertial sensor. [Participants and Methods] Thirteen healthy males (20 limbs) participated in this study. All the participants were required to perform five straight-line walking trials along a 10-m level walkway. During the terminal stance phase, both the anterior-posterior and vertical accelerations were measured with an inertial sensor mounted on the fibular head. The Pythagorean theorem was used to calculate the acceleration vector. A three-dimensional gait analysis system was used for movement data acquisition. All statistical analyses were performed using IBM SPSS Statistics 24.0 for Windows. [Results] Results were obtained using the following multiple regression equation for the estimation of ankle plantar flexion power: Estimated Ankle Power=−4.689 + 0.269 × vertical acceleration + 0.104 × body weight. [Conclusion] Our novel method for gait analysis using an inertial sensor can assess the ankle power during the terminal stance phase of gait.