A pilot study in different unstable designs on the biomechanical effect of gait characteristics
Gu, Y., Li, J., Ren, X., Lake, M., & Li, Z. (2012) A pilot study in different unstable designs on the biomechanical effect of gait characteristics. Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, 12(5), pp. 1250031-1.
The purpose of this study was to compare kinematics and kinetics during walking for healthy subjects using unstable shoes with different designs. Ten subjects participated in this study, and foot biomechanical data during walking were quantified using motion analysis system and a force plate. Data were collected for unstable shoes condition after accommodation period of one week. With soft material added in the heel region, the peak impact force was effectively reduced when compared among similar shapes. In addition, the soft material added in the rocker bottom showed more to be in dorsiflexed position during the initial stance. The shoe with three rocker curves design reduced the contact area in the heel strike, which may result in increasing human body forward speed. Further studies shall be carried out after adapting to long periods of wearing unstable shoes.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||ankle, ground reaction force, Unstable shoes, walking|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 World Scientific Publishing Company|
|Deposited On:||16 Nov 2015 03:48|
|Last Modified:||09 Dec 2015 01:52|
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