The Effect of Arch Height and Body Mass on Plantar Pressure

Carine HM van Schie, MSc, PhD; , Andrew JM Boulton, MD, FRCP


Wounds. 2000;12(4) 

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Plantar Pressure Measurement

Plantar pressure data were assessed using the optical pedobarograph, which is built in a 5-m walkway.[26] Pressure was measured from the second or third step after the start of walking. All subjects walked at their own determined speeds, in order to avoid interference with the normal walking pattern for the subjects. The contact time (stance phase duration) served as a surrogate measure for walking speed.[27] Plantar pressure data were analyzed in seven areas of the foot: the heel, all five metatarsal heads, and the hallux. The peak pressure was determined in all areas and the highest pressure of all sites (i.e. peak pressure foot) was measured. In addition, the peak pressure time integral (PTI) of all seven areas was obtained, as this variable includes time and has been suggested as a possible valuable foot pressure parameter.[18,28]


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