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Songshan District, Taiwan

Chien H.-L.,National Taiwan University | Liu M.-W.,Taiwan Adventist Hospital TAH | Lu T.-W.,National Taiwan University | Kuo C.-C.,National Taiwan University | And 2 more authors.
Ergonomics | Year: 2014

The study aimed to investigate the influence of the base and height of shoe heels on the total support moment (Ms) and individual joint contributions during gait. Fifteen healthy females walked barefoot and with narrow-heeled shoes (heel heights: 3.9, 6.3 and 7.3 cm) while kinematic and kinetic data were measured. Compared with the barefoot condition, the subjects maintained unaltered Ms in the sagittal plane in shod conditions. This was achieved by increasing the knee extensor moment to compensate for the diminished ankle plantarflexor moments in medium and high heel conditions. In the frontal plane, subjects in shod conditions had to sustain an increased Ms for balance control during late single-leg stance with increased knee abductor and ankle pronator moments as a result of the reduced base of the heels. The results will be helpful for future shoe designs to reduce fall risks and prevent relevant musculoskeletal problems. Practitioner Summary: Knowledge of the influence of narrow-heeled shoes on lower limb support moments helps in shoe design to address fall risks. Gait analysis showed that females in narrow-heeled shoes maintained unaltered sagittal total support moments but sustained an increased demand in the frontal plane during late single-leg stance. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

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