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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 70  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-51

Analysis of vertical forces in children with down's syndrome by using emed® capacitance-based pressure platform

1 Department of Medical Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Medical Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Hail University, Hail, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Physiotherapy, Parul University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Venkata Nagaraj Kakaraparthi
Department of Medical Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy), College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Khalid University, C/3/139, Abha, Guraiger Campus
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JASI.JASI_148_20

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Introduction: This study aimed to analyze the vertical forces functioning under the plantar surface of the feet in children with and without Down's syndrome (DS) during walking using a capacitance-based pressure platform (emed®). Material and Methods: This is an observational study on 10 individuals with DS, (Group I) and 10 children without DS (Group II), aged 8–15 years. Both the groups were evaluated while standing on a capacitance-based pressure platform. Maximum force, peak pressure, contact time, and contact area parameters were assessed for both right and left foot. In this study, we assessed and compared these parameters in both the groups. Results: The results showed that the foot-ground interaction forces varied between the two groups. In particular, parameters such as maximum force, peak pressure, and contact area were statistically significant, where no significant difference was found concerning the contact time parameter. Discussion and Conclusion: The capacitance-based pressure platform (emed®) must be considered an essential evaluation tool for assessing vertical forces associated with children with DS. Thus, organizing regular monitoring of foot-ground reaction forces during the early years in DS children is suggested to prevent potential complications associated and decrease the probability of mobility impairments in adulthood.

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