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Effects of obesity on dynamic plantar pressure distribution in Chinese prepubescent children during walking.
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PMID:  22858245     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of obesity on dynamic plantar pressure distribution during walking for prepubescent children. A footscan(®) plantar pressure plate system was used to collect the gait data. Fifty obese prepubescent children and fifty non-obese prepubescent children walked across the plate at preferred speed while barefoot. SPSS11.5 was used for analysis and significance is defined as p<0.05. Obese subjects had longer midstance duration (p=0.004) and shorter propulsion duration (p=0.047) compared to non-obese subjects. The peak pressures under the metatarsal heads II-V, midfoot and heel lateral (p=0.004, p=0.03, p=0.004) were significantly higher for obese subjects. The time to peak pressures under the toes II-V, the metatarsal heads IV, V and midfoot (p=0.008, p=0.009, p=0.01, p=0.006), and pressure rate under the heel medial and lateral heel (p=0.03, p=0.009) were also significantly higher. In addition, the arch index for the left foot (p=0.01), the left and right foot axis angle (p=0.027, p=0.03) were significant larger among obese subjects. We also found that obese subjects had significantly higher relative regional impulses of contact with the plate at the midfoot of left foot (p=0.01) and the forefoot of right foot (p=0.047). There were also differences in foot balance during the midstance and propulsion phase (p=0.0004, p=0.03) and in pronation extent during midstance and propulsion phases between left and right foot in the obese group (p=0.03, p=0.01). In conclusion, the obese children have weaker walking stability with flatter foot pattern, the larger foot axis angle and dynamic plantar pressure distribution changes compared to non-obese children.
Song-Hua Yan; Kuan Zhang; Gou-Qing Tan; Jin Yang; Zhi-Cheng Liu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gait & posture     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-2219     ISO Abbreviation:  Gait Posture     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9416830     Medline TA:  Gait Posture     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
School of Biomedical Engineering, Capital Medical University, No. 10 Xi Tou Tiao, You An Men Wai, Fengtai District, Beijing 100069, PR China.
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