INFLUENCE OF SHOE MIDSOLE MATERIAL HARDNESS ON PERCEIVED COMFORT, REARFOOT MOTION, AND PLANTAR PRESSURE

  • Y. Hong
  • L. Wang
Keywords: shoes, rearfoot movement, pressure, comfort

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of different midsole hardness on perceived comfort, rearfoot motion, and plantar pressure. Fifteen injury-free male amateur runners participated in this study. Rearfoot motion, plantar pressure, and perceived comfort were recorded while running. Smaller rearfoot maximal pronation, lower comfort scale, and greater maximum force and peak pressure of the lateral side were found in the harder shoe. In the harder midsole shoe, greater force and pressure were found in the lateral side of the midfoot and the forefoot, which may be attributed to a smaller pronation.