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Evaluation of the Validity and Reliability of Connected Insoles to Measure Gait Parameters in Healthy Adults

Abstract : The continuous, accurate and reliable estimation of gait parameters as a measure of mobility is essential to assess the loss of functional capacity related to the progression of disease. Connected insoles are suitable wearable devices which allow precise, continuous, remote and passive gait assessment. The data of 25 healthy volunteers aged 20 to 77 years were analysed in the study to validate gait parameters (stride length, velocity, stance, swing, step and single support durations and cadence) measured by FeetMe® insoles against the GAITRite® mat reference. The mean values and the values of variability were calculated per subject for GAITRite® and insoles. A t-test and Levene’s test were used to compare the gait parameters for means and variances, respectively, obtained for both devices. Additionally, measures of bias, standard deviation of differences, Pearson’s correlation and intraclass correlation were analysed to explore overall agreement between the two devices. No significant differences in mean and variance between the two devices were detected. Pearson’s correlation coefficients of averaged gait estimates were higher than 0.98 and 0.8, respectively, for unipedal and bipedal gait parameters, supporting a high level of agreement between the two devices. The connected insoles are therefore a device equivalent to GAITRite® to estimate the mean and variability of gait parameters.
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Damien Jacobs, Leila Farid, Sabine Ferré, Kilian Herraez, Jean-Michel Gracies, et al.. Evaluation of the Validity and Reliability of Connected Insoles to Measure Gait Parameters in Healthy Adults. Sensors, MDPI, 2021, 21 (19), pp.6543. ⟨10.3390/s21196543⟩. ⟨hal-03395248⟩

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