Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

First Advisor

Peter Gustafson

Second Advisor

Frank Calabro


There is currently no cost effective method to diagnose ankle and foot deformities under the normal load of a patient's weight. An ankle loading device was developed to simulate a patient applying pressure to their foot under various loads and angles. This device functions with a standard CT scanner or x-ray machine to assist in the diagnosis of ankle deformities such as pes planus/planovalgus (flatfoot) and pes cavus (high arches). The design must fulfill safety requirements, be comprised mainly of radiolucent materials, and fulfil any additional constraints set by Dr. Peter Gustafson and Dr. James Jastifer. This project is an optimization based on a previous project completed by Karen Haubert, Benjamin Parkhurst, and Benjamin VanDyken at Western Michigan University.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Restricted