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    Hi all,

    I think it?s better if I describe a little bit about my project.

    I?m going to have a look at the effect of foot orthotics on patellofemoral
    pain patients. I hope to use the rsscan system to examine foot functioning
    (forefoot, midfoot and rear foot inv/eversion or pronation/supination).
    I hope then to relate the foot functioning to tibia/femur kinematics and
    possibly to EMG in order to examine why these individuals may have patellafemoral
    pain and then to what effect orthotic wear has on them.

    Presently I have to find out about foot functioning with and without orthotics.
    Unfortunately I haven?t found any literature that shows foot functioning
    assessment with pressure plates (rsscan) or insole pressure systems. I have
    found lots of literatures that have used markers for this assessment (relation
    between the tibia and foot movements). However, I hope to use an insole
    pressure system as it is unreasonable to measure foot functioning with a
    motion analysis system when wearing shoes. I was wondering if you are aware
    of any literature that has examined foot functioning using either a pressure
    plate or insole pressure system. I realise that rsscan can give a measure
    of inv/ever and pronation /supination, but do you know if these measures
    have ever been evaluated against a more accepted measure (foot kinematics
    from a motion analysis system). Any help you may be able to offer would
    be most appreciated.

    Mahsa Hassani Afshar
    Postgraduate Student
    Centre for Sport Science and Health
    Dublin City University
    Tel: 01 7008470
    Fax: 01 7008888

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