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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1997;21(5):1003-1009.
Comparison of Gait Analysis Using High-heeled Shoes and High-forefoot Shoes.
Song, Sun Hong , Yoo, Jong Yun , Ha, Sang Bae
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan, College of Medicine, Korea.
High-heeled 신발과 High-forefoot 신발 착용시의 보행 변화 고찰
송선홍, 유종윤, 하상배
울산의대 서울중앙병원 재활의학과

Previous studies proved that, the high-heeled shoes caused postural changes, a loss of foot function, and deformities of foot. However the lumbar lordosis in gait is rarely measured. The purposes of this study were to compare kinematics and kinetics between high-heeled and high-forefoot gait by skin markers, and to find the influence of heel height to lumbar vertebral alignment. We used the Vicon 370 three-dimension Gait Analysis System.

In the present study, the lower extremity biomechanics in high-heeled and high-forefoot shoes were examined in 20 Korean female subjects.
showed that the double support phase increased in high-forefoot gait in linear parameters. In sagittal plane kinematics, the lumbar lordosis slightly increased in high-forefoot gait, but that did not increase in high-heeled gait. The knee flexion and ankle plantarflexion increased in high-heeled gait, but ankle pantar flexion reduced in high-forefoot gait. Clinically the change of ankle motion was not significantly influenced to the lumbar lordosis. However, high-heeled shoe users with low back pain are probably influenced by the overstress of paraspinal muscles and vertebral ligments. Further studies are required for more precise analysis of high-heeled and high-forefoot gaits.

Key Words: Gait analysis, High-heeled shoes, High-forefoot shoes, Lumbar lordosis


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