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Master of Engineering Science


Mechanical and Materials Engineering


Dr. Thomas Jenkyn


A markerless RSA method was used to determine the effect of orthotics on the normal, pes planus and pes cavus populations. Computed tomography (CT) was used to create bone models that were imported into the virtual environment. Joint coordinate systems were developed to measure kinematic changes in the hindfoot during weight-bearing gait and quiet standing. The objectives of this thesis were to (1) implement a fluoroscopy-based markerless RSA system on the foot, (2) determine the effect of various orthotics at midstance of fully weight-bearing dynamic gait, and (3) determine the effect of orthotics as measured using three different techniques. Every individual in this study reacted differently depending on the footwear condition tested. Despite the change in alignment caused by orthotics lacking statistical significance it appears the change may be significant with more subjects. Fluoroscopy should enable substantial improvements in orthotic design for optimal results in the future.