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J.W. Fernandez, M.Z. Ul Haque, P.J. Hunter and K. Mithraratne Mechanics of the foot Part 1: A continuum framework for evaluating soft tissue stiffening in the pathologic foot International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering 28

Version of Record online: 25 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cnm.2494

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An anatomically-based foot modelling framework is used to explore the influence of tissue stiffening typically observed in diabetes or gout. The model is derived from the Physiome project repository with anisotropic material properties embedded in a subject-specific customised continuum. Motion capture was used for bone kinematics and an emed® pressure platform for surface pressure validation. Predicted internal stresses increased at a higher rate than surface pressures, indicating that internal pathology may arise before changes at the foot surface.

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