Non-invasive insole optical fiber sensor architecture for monitoring foot anomalies

M. Fátima Domingues, Cátia Tavares, Nélia Alberto, Cátia Leitão, Paulo Antunes, Paulo André, Eduardo Rocon De Lima, Victor Sucasas, Ayman Radwan, Jonathan Rodriguez

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Abstract

The continuous aging of the population has increased health risks, leading to the need for close monitoring of elder citizens and patients. Fortunately, the field of e-Health has been experiencing great progress, although it still faces challenges, since it needs to be applied without compromising the mobility or lifestyle of monitored patients; i.e. non-invasive. Addressing such challenges, we present a non-invasive energy-efficient insole optical fiber sensor architecture for plantar pressure monitoring. The paper shows the design and implementation of a non-invasive "in-sole" optical fiber sensor network (using Fiber Bragg Gratings), which is able to monitor health conditions by observing plantar pressure distribution in the foot. The system integrates the optical fiber sensor network with an energy efficient wireless transceiver, in order to allow continuous monitoring of monitored patients, during their uninterrupted daily routine. The paper presents the calibration and laboratory measurements of the sensing network. The recorded measurements show the suitability and high accuracy of the proposed system in monitoring the plantar pressure distribution during walking movement (i.e. gait).

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publication2017 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2017 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509050192
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2017
Event2017 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2017 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 4 Dec 20178 Dec 2017

Publication series

Name2017 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2017 - Proceedings
Volume2018-January

Conference

Conference2017 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2017
Country/TerritorySingapore
CitySingapore
Period4/12/178/12/17

Keywords

  • EHealth care
  • Fiber bragg gratings
  • Internet of things
  • Optical fiber sensing
  • Plantar pressure

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