Effect of shank curve of high-heeled shoe on the plantar pressure distribution

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of shank curve of high-heeled shoe on the plantar pressure distribution. In this preliminary study, plantar pressures were measured in four healthy women, during walking in highheeled shoes (3 inches height) with 3 different shank curves described by the depth of last. The foot was divided into 3 regions (forefoot, midfoot, rearfoot). For each region, the parameters, namely pressure-time integrals (PTI), peak contact area (PA), and peak pressure (PP) were calculated from two stable steps of each walking trial. The PTI in forefoot region decreased as the depth of last increased, while it increased in midfoot and rearfoot regions. The higher depth of last generated the less peak pressure in the forefoot region in midstance phase. However, in rearfoot, the peak pressure did not significantly change (p=0.869). Because of extra arch support with increasing depth of last, the PTI, the PP and the PA in midfoot region all increased significantly (p<0.05).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th Asian-Pacific Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering, APCMBE 2008
Pages500-502
Number of pages3
Volume19 IFMBE
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Event7th Asian-Pacific Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering, APCMBE 2008 - Beijing, China
Duration: 22 Apr 200825 Apr 2008

Conference

Conference7th Asian-Pacific Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering, APCMBE 2008
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period22/04/0825/04/08

Keywords

  • high-heeled shoes
  • plantar pressure
  • shank curve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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