Accession Number : ADA636777

Title :   The Relationship of Foot Shape and Sensitivity to Comfort of Shoe-Inserts

Corporate Author : CALGARY UNIV (ALBERTA)

Personal Author(s) : Liu, Wen ; Stefanyshyn, Darren J ; Nigg, Benno M ; Miller, Janice E ; Nurs, Matthew A

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Report Date : 30 Jul 1998

Pagination or Media Count : 87

Abstract : Army personnel are generally very physically active individuals performing various different physical activities. The choice of appropriate footwear is essential for any physical activity and any specific individual. It is speculated that comfortable footwear will optimize an individual's performance and reduce the frequency of traumatic and overuse injuries. Although it is generally accepted that individuals with different foot and leg characteristics require subject specific functional footwear, this option is not readily available to army personnel. This is probably due to the fact that footwear requirements for specific foot and leg characteristics are not available. For example, if an individual has a high arched foot, do they require footwear with a high or low arch? To increase performance and decrease injuries it is necessary to determine which specific characteristics of the human foot or leg determine the reaction to different footwear and insert variables. Ultimately, this information should be used to prescribe appropriate footwear to specific individuals. This study is a first step in understanding this complex set of questions.


Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE