The Effects of Walking Speed on Adult Multi-segment Foot Kinematics
Grant J and Chester V*
Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human Performance Laboratory, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada E3B 5A3
- *Corresponding Author:
- Chester V
Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human
Performance Laboratory, Faculty of
Kinesiology University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada E3B 5A3
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: June 02, 2015 Accepted Date: June 23, 2015 Published Date: July 01, 2015
Citation: Grant J, Chester V (2015) The Effects of Walking Speed on Adult Multi-segment Foot Kinematics. J Bioengineer & Biomedical Sci 5:156. doi: 10.4172/2155-9538.1000156
Copyright: © 2015 Grant J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
It has recently been shown that gait speed has an effect on multi-segment foot kinematics. To increase our understanding of these effects, it is critical to compare and develop a database of walking speed ranges. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine the effects of walking speed on multi-segment foot kinematics. A 12-camera Vicon motion capture system was used to collect kinematic data on 22 participants (mean age: 23 ± 2.6 years). Participants were asked to walk at 5 gait speeds; very slow, slow, free, fast, and very fast. Across speeds, significant differences were found in all absolute angles, 6 of 9 relative mean maximum angles, 11 of 13 timing to the maximum angles, and all temporal-spatial variables analysed. These findings suggest that clinical gait data that uses multi-segment foot models should be matched to a control group walking at a similar speed.