CHANGES IN FOOT CHARACTERISTICS AFTER A 3-HOUR EXERCISE BOUT

  • Bryson Nakamura
  • Heidi Orloff
  • Sean Field-Eaton
  • Erienne Olesh
Keywords: foot growth, treadmill walking

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if the foot swells significantly after a 3-hour bout of treadmill walking. Thirteen apparently healthy women walked on a treadmill at 1.43m/s for three hours. Before and after exercise each subject had shoe size determined, foot/ankle volume displacement taken, as well as foot molds made. The foot molds were measured for width of the big toe, ball of the foot, arch, and heel; as well as length of the arch and total foot. Dependent t-tests (α <.05) were used to compare pre and post test results. Mean foot length increased by nearly a half size. Significant increases in the width of the ball of the foot (0.3 cm) and the width of the arch (0.4 cm) were noted. Volume displacement significantly increased .05 L with exercise. The foot increased in length and width, as well as volume displacement with a 3-hour bout of treadmill walking.
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities