MyAnkle

MyAnkle


The MyAnkle project began in 2011 as a course project in ECE 1778, Creative Applications for Mobile Devices. Nirtal Shah, a licensed and practicing Physiotherapist who was also working on a Master's degree in public health, worked with two M.Eng students, Lyndon Carvalho and Ivan So to create a prototype app that measures a patient's ankle stability while performing  various balance exercises.  They were able to (roughly) show that people who had suffered injuries exhibited measurably worse stability.  You can read their final report here and see their presentation here.

Since then, Ivan and Nirtal continued to work on and improve the app, and Nirtal performed measurements on the UofT Varsity Basketball and Rugby Teams, as part of his research courses in his Master's Degree.

In the summer of 2013, Vivian Liu, and undergraduate student in engineering, and Braiden Brousseau, a Ph.D. student who is part of this Centre, began an effort (with Ivan's collaboration) to ready the App for use by others.  Our goal is to both collect data from more widespread users, and to find out if they can find it useful.  

On January 15, 2014, MyAnkle was released on the Google Play Store.  This first release allows people to measure their good ankle's stability, and to compare it with the their injured ankle, and thereby to track its progress over time.  The app also sends anonymous information on the measurements back to our servers.

You can read more about the making of MyAnkle here, an excerpt from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education magazine.

A recent study by Nirtal Shah and others using myAnkle can be found here.