Effect of footwear on foot clearance, slippage and gait in older women

16/12/2015

Source: Gait and Posture, 2016, Vol 44 p. 43-47

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Date of publication: February 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Footwear is likely to be a factor in falls, a major issue affecting older adults’ health. This study investigated the effect of footwear on minimum foot clearance, heel slippage and spatiotemporal variables of gait in community-dwelling older women. The results show that older women should be supported to make footwear choices with optimal fitting features; recommendations of particular styles and features of footwear may assist during falls prevention education to reduce the incidence of foot trips and falls.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Can toe-ground footwear margin alter swing-foot ground clearance?

15/06/2015

Source: Gait & Posture, 2015, online

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Date of publication: May 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Greater swing foot-ground clearance is functional for tripping prevention, as trips frequently occur due to the lowest part of the shoe contacting the walking surface. Shoe design effects on swing foot-ground clearance are, therefore, important considerations. Increasing swing ankle dorsiflexion can maximise the space between the ground and the toe, which is effective for tripping prevention. However, further research is needed.

Length of publication: 1 page

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The importance of minimum toe clearance in level ground walking

18/09/2014

Source: Gait and Posture, 28 July 2014, online

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Tripping is supposed to be the main cause of falls while walking. At minimum toe clearance, the potential for falls is the highest, so controlling this minimum clearance is essential for walking without tripping. This study aimed to determine if elderly people showed lower minimum toe clearance while doing more than one task at once.

Length of publication: 1 page

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