Pressure Distribution under the
Foot during Walking
Biomechanik Labor Essen
During barefoot walking this
male subject - with a high arch foot - does not show plantar pressures between
the heel and forefoot. During the push-off phase high pressures are visible
under the second and third metatarsal heads with very high pressures under
the big toe during the final phase of contact. (Values on the Y-axis in kPa)
- Data were collected at a rate of 20 Hz. A capacitive pressure distribution
platform with 1344 sensors from Novel Inc., Germany was used (2 sensors
- The subject walked with his right foot at a self selected walking
speed (appr. 0.9 m/s) across the pressure platform. Ground contact lasted
Publications, based on measurements with the Novel system
- Hennig, E. M., Staats, A., & Rosenbaum, D. (1994). Plantar
pressure distribution patterns of young school children in comparison to
adults. Foot & Ankle, 15, 35-40.
- Hennig, E. M., & Rosenbaum, D. (1991). Pressure distribution
patterns under the feet of children in comparison with adults. Foot &
Ankle, 11(5), 306-311.
- Hennig, E., & Milani, T. (1993). Die Dreipunktunterstützung
des Fußes - Eine Druckverteilungsanalyse bei statischer und dynamischer
Belastung (The tripod theory of foot loading - a pressure distribution
analysis during static and dynamic weight bearing of the foot). Zeitschrift
für Orthopädie, 131(3), 279-284.