Analysis of muscular fatigue and foot stability during high-heeled gait

Amit Gefen*, M. Megido-Ravid, Y. Itzchak, M. Arcan

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Plantar pressure measurements and surface electromyography (EMG) were used to determine the effects of muscular fatigue induced by high-heeled gait. The medio-lateral (M/L) stability of the foot was characterized by measuring the M/L deviations of the center of pressure (COP) and correlating these data with fatigue of lower-limb muscles seen on EMG. EMG measurements from habitual high-heeled shoe wearers demonstrated an imbalance of gastrocnemius lateralis versus gastrocnemius medialis activity in fatigue conditions, which correlated with abnormal lateral shifts in the foot-ground or shoe-ground COP of these women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-63
Number of pages8
JournalGait and Posture
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002


  • Body balance
  • Contact stress
  • Foot stability
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Plantar pressure
  • Surface EMG


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