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Loic Espeit, Sebastien Pavailler, Thomas Lapole
INTRODUCTION: Wearing compression stockings (CS) may improve postural stability through additional cutaneous feedback. The aim of this study was to further determine how wearing CS could influence spinal excitability by investigating ankle muscle H-reflexes. METHODS: Fifteen subjects were asked to stand barefoot on a rigid floor with their eyes open. H-reflex amplitude was measured on the soleus (SOL), fibularis longus (FL), and tibialis anterior (TA) muscles with and without CS...
October 26, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Daniel J Southwell, Shane A Petersen, Tyson A C Beach, Ryan B Graham
Altering footwear worn during performance of the barbell back squat has been shown to change motion patterns, but it is not completely understood how this affects biomechanical loading demands. The primary objective was to compare lower back and extremity net joint moments in 24 experienced weightlifters (12M, 12F) who performed 80% one-repetition maximum back squats under three different footwear conditions (barefoot, running shoes, weightlifting shoes). Results showed that there was a significant main effect of footwear condition on the knee extension moment (p=0...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Maitê M Russo, Thiago Lemos, Luís A Imbiriba, Nathalia L Ribeiro, Claudia D Vargas
Loss of vision is well known to affect postural control in blind subjects. This effect has classically been framed in terms of deficit or compensation depending on whether body sway increases or decreases in comparison with that of sighted subjects with the eyes open. However, studies have shown that postural responses can be modulated by the context and that changes in postural sway may not necessarily mean a worsened or improved postural control. The goal of our study was to test whether balance is affected by the context in blind subjects...
October 21, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
Hongshi Huang, Noël Keijsers, Herwin Horemans, Qinwei Guo, Yuanyuan Yu, Henk Stam, Stephan Praet, Yingfang Ao
OBJECTIVES: Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) deficiency may result in abnormal lower limb loading with increased foot pronation. This study evaluated spatiotemporal parameters and plantar pressure distribution during walking in participants with and without an ACL rupture. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. METHODS: Plantar pressure was measured in 42 unilateral ACL deficient (ACLD) participants and 32 healthy controls while walking barefoot. Spatiotemporal parameters, pressure distribution and center of pressure (CoP) during foot roll off were determined...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Douglas W Powell, Samantha Andrews, Cris Stickley, D S Blaise Williams
: High- (HA) and low-arched athletes (LA) experience distinct injury patterns. These injuries are the result of the interaction of structure and biomechanics. A suggested mechanism of patellofemoral pain pertains to frontal plane knee moments which may be exaggerated in LA athletes. We hypothesize that LA athletes will exhibit greater peak knee abduction moments than high-arched athletes. METHODS: Twenty healthy female recreational athletes (10HA and 10LA) performed five over-ground barefoot walking and five barefoot running trials at a self-selected velocity while three-dimensional kinematics and ground reaction forces were recorded...
October 13, 2016: Human Movement Science
Ana Paula Silva, Daniel das Virgens Chagas, Maria Lúcia Cavaliere, Sérgio Pinto, José Silvio de Oliveira Barbosa, Luiz Alberto Batista
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the subtalar eversion range of motion during walking in women with fibromyalgia. METHOD: Twenty women diagnosed with fibromyalgia were directed to walk barefoot at comfortable and self-paced speed on a 7m walkway. Subtalar eversion range of motion was measured using the difference between the maximum and minimum values of subtalar eversion in stance phase. A range of motion between 4°-6° was considered as reference values for subtalar eversion during gait...
September 28, 2016: Foot
Kade L Paterson, Kim L Bennell, Tim V Wrigley, Ben R Metcalf, Jessica Kasza, Rana S Hinman
OBJECTIVE: To validate simple criteria that distinguish flat flexible from stable supportive walking shoes by comparing their effects on the knee adduction moment (KAM) in people with medial knee osteoarthritis (OA). DESIGN: This was a cross-sectional biomechanical study. We proposed five criteria to differentiate flat flexible from stable supportive shoes, and selected three pairs of shoes representing each class for biomechanical testing. 28 participants aged ≥50 years with symptomatic medial knee OA underwent gait analysis barefoot and wearing each of the six selected shoes, in random order...
October 8, 2016: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Vipul Vijay, Nishint Gupta, Raju Vaishya
Osteoarticular TB around the tarsal navicular is a chronic, uncommon condition affecting the midfoot, which causes significant morbidity to the patient. Tuberculosis around the tarsal navicular is rarely described in the literature. A series of three cases - two involving the talo-navicular joint and one involving the naviculo-cuneiform joint is described. Biopsy was used in all the cases for achieving diagnosis. All patients had good to fair outcome following medical management with anti-tubercular therapy...
September 20, 2016: Foot
Mouna Ghedira, Jean-Michel Gracies, Valentina Mardale, Catherine-Marie Loche, Inke Marie Albertsen, Nicolas Bayle, Emilie Hutin
OBJECTIVE: In spastic hemiparesis, quantify agonist recruitment of tibialis anterior and triceps surae spastic cocontraction during swing phase of gait. MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-seven subjects with chronic hemiparesis (49±14 years, mean±SD; time since lesion, 8±7 years) performed a 3D gait analysis, barefoot at comfortable speed (10 optoelectronic cameras, 6 dynamometric force plates, analysis of 9 cycles), with bilateral electromyography of tibialis anterior (TA), soleus (SO) and gastrocnemius medialis (GM)...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Jean-Sébastien Bourseul, Mael Lintanf, Philippe Saliou, Sylvain Brochard, Christelle Pons
OBJECTIVE: Different ankle-foot orthoses (AFO) are often prescribed in children with cerebral palsy (PC) although their efficiency on gait remains unclear. PURPOSE: (1) To determine the effect of AFOs on gait in children with CP and (2) to evaluate the effect of each types of AFO. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Studies in English with control condition (barefoot or shoes) assessing effect of AFO about children with CP gait were search on the Pubmed, CINAHL+, Web of Science, Cochrane Library databases...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Kenate Bekele, Kebede Deribe, Tsige Amberbir, Geleta Tadele, Gail Davey, Abdi Samuel
OBJECTIVE: Podoconiosis is a neglected tropical disease characterised by a slowly progressive swelling of the foot and lower leg. It is prevalent among subsistence barefoot farmers who live and work in highland areas of the tropics. This study was conducted in Wayu Tuka 'woreda' (district), western Ethiopia to determine the prevalence of podoconiosis and assess factors associated with acute adenolymphangitis (ALA) episodes. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A two phase, community-based cross-sectional study was conducted between January and March 2015...
2016: BMJ Open
Jesse M Charlton Bpec Cscs, Connor A Hammond, Christopher K Cochrane, Gillian L Hatfield, Michael A Hunt
Barbell back squats are a popular exercise for developing lower extremity strength and power. However, this exercise has potential injury risks, particularly to the lumbar spine, pelvis and hip joint. Previous literature suggests heel wedges as a means of favourably adjusting trunk and pelvis kinematics with the intention of reducing such injury risks. Yet no direct biomechanical research exists to support these recommendations. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the effects of heel wedges compared to barefoot on minimally loaded barbell back squats...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Paolo Caravaggi, Alberto Leardini, Claudia Giacomozzi
Plantar load can be considered as a measure of the foot ability to transmit forces at the foot/ground, or foot/footwear interface during ambulatory activities via the lower limb kinematic chain. While morphological and functional measures have been shown to be correlated with plantar load, no exhaustive data are currently available on the possible relationships between range of motion of foot joints and plantar load regional parameters. Joints' kinematics from a validated multi-segmental foot model were recorded together with plantar pressure parameters in 21 normal-arched healthy subjects during three barefoot walking trials...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
Kevin D Dames, Jeremy D Smith
Kinetic and kinematic responses during walking vary by footwear condition. Load carriage also influences gait patterns, but it is unclear how an external load influences barefoot walking. Twelve healthy adults (5 women, 7 men) with no known gait abnormalities participated in this study (age=23±3years, height=1.73±0.11m, and mass=70.90±12.67kg). Ground reaction forces and 3D motion were simultaneously collected during overground walking at 1.5ms(-1) in four conditions: Barefoot Unloaded, Shod Unloaded, Barefoot Loaded, and Shod Loaded...
September 11, 2016: Gait & Posture
Jinsup Song, Kersti Choe, Michael Neary, Rebecca A Zifchock, Kenneth Cameron, Michael Trepal, Marian Hannon, Howard J Hilstrom
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Healthy feet are important for overall health and well-being. Previous studies of older subjects showed that those with a lowered arch had an increased odds of having foot deformities, pain, and hyperpronation in gait. (1-3) No investigation to date has comprehensively characterized foot biomechanics in a large sample of healthy active young subjects. METHODS: Foot structure, function, and arch height flexibility (AHF) were measured in 1,052 incoming cadets to the United States Military Academy...
September 2016: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Ki-Sik Yang, Kyungyeon Park, Bo-Ram Choi
[Purpose] This study examined the effects of a medio-lateral unstable sole on invertor and evertor activation while descending stairs. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects were 30 university students with no history of ankle sprain. They descended stairs while wearing the medio-lateral unstable sole or with bare feet. Electromyography was used to record the activity of the tibialis anterior and peroneus longus and brevis muscles and paired t-tests were used to assess statistical significance. [Results] The medio-lateral unstable sole group showed increased tibialis anterior and peroneus longus and brevis muscle activation compared to the barefoot group...
August 2016: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Ulysses Fernandes Ervilha, Luis Mochizuki, Aylton Figueira, Joseph Hamill
This study aimed to investigate the activation of lower limb muscles during barefoot and shod running with forefoot or rearfoot footfall patterns. Nine habitually shod runners were asked to run straight for 20 m at self-selected speed. Ground reaction forces and thigh and shank muscle surface electromyographic (EMG) were recorded. EMG outcomes (EMG intensity [iEMG], latency between muscle activation and ground reaction force, latency between muscle pairs and co-activation index between muscle pairs) were compared across condition (shod and barefoot), running cycle epochs (pre-strike, strike, propulsion) and footfall (rearfoot and forefoot) by ANOVA...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
David Pomarino, Juliana Ramírez Llamas, Andrea Pomarino
: In the literature, there have been several studies that have analyzed and explained the characteristics of physiological gait in association with pathologies; however, finding information about normal gait pattern while barefoot is difficult. This study focuses on the differences in the barefoot gait between children and adolescents. A total of 320 healthy children and adolescent were recruited and divided into groups according to age: G1 (1-6 years), G2 (7-10 years), G3 (>11 years)...
September 9, 2016: Foot & Ankle Specialist
Hwan Choi, Tishya Anne Leong Wren, Katherine Muterspaugh Steele
BACKGROUND: Many individuals with cerebral palsy wear ankle foot orthoses during daily life. Orthoses influence joint motion, but how they impact muscle remains unclear. In particular, the gastrocnemius is commonly stiff in cerebral palsy. Understanding whether orthoses stretch or shorten this muscle during daily life may inform orthosis design and rehabilitation. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the impact of different ankle foot orthoses on gastrocnemius operating length during walking in children with cerebral palsy...
September 9, 2016: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
Janet H Zhang, Aislinn J C McPhail, Winko W An, Waqar M Naqvi, Daniel L H Chan, Ivan P H Au, Alvin T W Luk, Tony L Chen, Roy T H Cheung
This study sought to compare the kinetics and kinematics data in a group of habitual shod runners when running in traditional running shoes and newly designed minimalist shoes with lug platform. This novel footwear design claims to simulate barefoot running and reduce energy loss during impact. We compared footstrike angle (FSA), vertical average (VALR) and instantaneous (VILR) loading rates, energy loss and initial vertical stiffness between two shoe conditions. Runners demonstrated a decreased FSA while running in minimalist shoes with lug platform than traditional shoes (P = 0...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
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