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The effect of the use of a walkway and the choice of the foot on plantar pressure assessment when using pressure platforms

Naemi, R. and Chevalier, T.L. and Healy, A. and Chockalingam, N. (2012) The effect of the use of a walkway and the choice of the foot on plantar pressure assessment when using pressure platforms. Foot, 22 (2). pp. 100-104.

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Background: Plantar pressure assessment is routinely used in a clinical setting for diagnosing foot problems and prescribing orthoses or footwear. Despite this, the measurement procedures and protocols that might have an effect on the results are not standardised. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate, if variations in the data collection protocol such as the use of a walkway and stepping preference influence the measured plantar pressure parameters. Method: 21 participants who were recruited from a convenience sample and consented to participate were tested under a number of different conditions through which the effect of these variations was tested. A paired T-test was used to determine whether a significant difference in the data corresponding to each subject for different testing conditions existed. Results: Although there were significant differences between the plantar pressure measurement with the choice of the foot, there were no significant difference in the majority of plantar pressure parameters whilst using or not using the walkway. Conclusion: The results suggest that in a clinical and research setting extrinsic factors such as stepping preference needs to be considered to eliminate the effect of variability in plantar pressure data. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: cited By (since 1996) 1
Uncontrolled Keywords: article; biomechanics; contact angle; controlled study; data collection method; female; functional assessment; gait; ground reaction force; human; leg movement; male; musculoskeletal system parameters; normal human; physical performance; plantar pressure; pressure measurement; priority journal; walking, Adult; Equipment Design; Female; Foot; Humans; Male; Orthotic Devices; Pressure; Reference Values; Walking
Subjects: A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
B800 Medical Technology
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C600 Sports Science
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Nachiappan CHOCKALINGAM
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2013 22:24
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2013 22:24
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/690

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