'Anklebot' helps determine ankle stiffness
For most healthy bipeds, the act of walking is seldom given a second thought: One foot follows the other, and the rest of the body falls in line, supported by a system of muscle, tendon, and bones.
Early primate leaping set stage for human airtime
(Phys.org) —Over a puddle, up to the basket, off the high dive—we all take leaps from time to time.
Hips take walking in stride; ankles put best foot forward in run
(PhysOrg.com) -- In a first-of-its-kind study comparing human walking and running motions and whether the hips, knees or ankles are the most important power sources for these motions researchers at North Carolina ...
Short heels make elite sprinters super speedy
What is it about elite sprinters that gives them the edge over non-sprinters in the 100m dash? Stephen Piazza from the Pennsylvania State University publishes his discovery, in The Journal of Experimental Bi ...
Anthropologist Says Tree Climbing Abilities of Early Hominins Decreased Rapidly in Evolutionary Process
New 'bionic' leg gives amputees a natural gait
A new lower-limb prosthetic developed at Vanderbilt University allows amputees to walk without the leg-dragging gait characteristic of conventional artificial legs.
Lohan's ankle bracelet has breathalyzer technology
(AP) -- If an alcohol-monitoring bracelet can keep celebrities like Lindsay Lohan from drinking, some parents might wonder, Can I get one for my teen?
Technical advances help erase stigma of prosthetics
A Scottish magazine once ran a headline above an article on former Paralympics track star Aimee Mullins that read, "Can You See Anything Wrong With This Woman? No? Her Either."
Sprained ankle rehab complicated by delayed muscle response, study finds
Whether on the trail, at the gym, or even on the front-porch steps, what happens inside your ankle in the milliseconds following a single misstep could sentence you to a lifetime of ankle trouble.
Artificial ankle brings help for those with long-term suffering
As a health care worker, Victor Neufer knew about knee and hip replacements, but not so much about artificial ankles until he needed one. A few years ago, he was riding a bicycle on Scenic Drive in Modesto, Calif., when a ...
Botflies and the perils of scientific research
At first, Chris Dick thought the persistent ache in his ankle was caused by a thorn embedded in his skin. Made sense, seeing as he had done some work on a Pennsylvania farm around that time. An X-ray revealed ...
Warrior web closer to making its performance-improving suit a reality
Of the many risks dismounted Soldiers face in the field, one of the most common is injury from carrying their gear—often topping 100 pounds—for extended periods over rough terrain. Heavy loads increase ...
Ankle bracelet will be Strauss-Kahn companion
As former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn settles into house arrest awaiting trial on sexual assault charges his constant companion will be a GPS-equipped ankle bracelet tracking his every move.
New surgery improves outcomes for severe flat foot deformity
A surgery developed at Hospital for Special Surgery can improve patient outcomes in individuals with severe adult flat foot deformity, a problem that is increasingly being seen in hospitals across the country. Patients who ...