DIFFERENCES IN GAIT DYNAMICS AMONG VARIOUS TYPES OF SHOE

  • J.-S. Choi
  • D.-W. Kang
  • G-R. Tack
Keywords: shoe types, gait dynamics, treadmill on demand.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The foot provides an important source of feedback for locomotion (Nurse et al., 2005). The healthy locomotor system integrates input from the neuronal system as well as feedback from visual, vestibular and proprioceptive sensors (Hausdorff, 2007). Shoe constructions can support altering gait mechanics and/or stability training (Nigg et al., 2006). Particularly, feedback from the feet may be influenced by changing the types of shoe. According to recent studies, gait variability, such as stride-to-stride fluctuation, may be a biomechanical marker for changes of gait mechanics (Hausdorff, 2007; Peng et al., 1995). The study of gait variability offers a complementary way of quantifying locomotion and its changes with aging and disease as well as a means of monitoring the effects of therapeutic interventions and rehabilitation (Hausdorff, 2007). Then, usually temporal (stride interval time, swing interval time, stance interval time, step interval time, double support time) and spatial (stride length, step length, step width) variables were used for variability analysis. Thus, analyses for gait variability were so-called “gait dynamics“. And types of shoe may cause changes of gait performance during walking. In present study we would like to identify differences of gait dynamics (from variability point of views) between shoe types during treadmill walking.