Modified pressure distribution patterns in walking following reduction of plantar sensation

  • Eils E
  • Nolte S
  • Tewes M
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The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of reduced plantar sensation on pressure distribution patterns during gait of 40 healthy subjects (25.3±3.3yr, 70.8±10.6kg and 176.5±7.8cm) with no history of sensory disorders. Plantar sensation in the subjects was reduced by using an ice immersion approach, and reduced sensitivity was tested with Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments. All subjects performed six trials of barefoot walking over a pressure distribution platform under normal as well as iced conditions. Plantar cutaneous sensation was significantly reduced after the cooling procedure (p

Author-supplied keywords

  • Biomechanics
  • Locomotion
  • Posture
  • Pressure distribution
  • Somatosensation

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  • Eric Eils

  • Stefan Nolte

  • Markus Tewes

  • Lothar Thorwesten

  • Klaus Völker

  • Dieter Rosenbaum

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