Improving the ground reaction force prediction accuracy using one-axis plantar pressure: Expansion of input variable for neural network

J Biomech. 2016 Oct 3;49(14):3153-3161. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.07.029. Epub 2016 Jul 30.


In this study, we describe a method to predict 6-axis ground reaction forces based solely on plantar pressure (PP) data obtained from insole type measurement devices free of space limitations. Because only vertical force is calculable from PP data, a wavelet neural network derived from a non-linear mapping function was used to obtain 3-axis ground reaction force in medial-lateral (GRFML), anterior-posterior (GRFAP) and vertical (GRFV) and 3-axis ground reaction moment in sagittal (GRFS), frontal (GRFF) and transverse (GRFT) data for the remaining axes and planes. As the prediction performance of nonlinear models depends strongly on input variables, in this study, three input variables - accumulated PP with respect to time, center of pressure (COP) pattern, and measurements of the opposite foot, which are calculable only with a PP device - were considered in order to improve prediction performance. To conduct this study, the golf swing motions of 80 subjects were characterized as unilateral movement and GRF patterns as functions of individual characteristics. The prediction model was verified with 5-fold cross-validation utilizing the measured values of two force plates. As a result, prediction model (correlation coefficient, r=0.73-0.97) utilized accumulated PP and PP data of the opposite foot and showed the highest prediction accuracy in left-foot GRFV, GRMF, GRMT and right-foot GRFAP, GRFML, GRMF, GRMT. Likewise, another prediction model (r=0.83-0.98) utilized accumulated PP and COP patterns as input and showed the best accuracy in left-foot GRFAP, GRFML, GRMS and right-foot GRFV, GRMS. New methods based on the findings of the present study are expected to help resolve problems such as spatial limitation and limited analyzable motions in existing GRF measurement processes.

Keywords: Ground reaction force and moment; Input variable selection; Plantar pressure; Prediction accuracy; Wavelet neural network.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Female
  • Foot* / physiology
  • Gait
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mechanical Phenomena*
  • Neural Networks, Computer*
  • Pressure*