The effect of shoe gear on human tibial strains recorded during dynamic loading: A pilot study

Charles Milgrom, David Burr, David Fyhrie, Mark Forwood, Aharon Finestone, Meir Nyska, Miki Giladi, Meir Liebergall, Ariel Simkin

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The study was conducted to test the hypothesis that alterations in shoe gear can affect tibial strains in the human during dynamic loading. Rosette strain gauges were mounted on the medial border of the mid-diaphysis in two human subjects with a new strain gauge bonding technique using methyl methacrylate. Strain measurements were made at this site, the most frequent location for stress fractures in the Israeli Army during treadmill walking and free running while wearing various sport shoes (Rockport ProWalkers and New Balance NBX 900) and army boots (light Israeli infantry, double layered sole israeli infantry, and Zohar Infantry boots). Data were analyzed for only one of the subjects because strain gauge bonding was found to be inadequate at the time of surgical removal in the other subject. No single shoe lowered both the principal tibial compression and tensile strains, and the shear strains. The Zohar boot had the lowest principal compression strains during treadmill walking and mobile running, despite its relatively higher weight and sole durometry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)667-671
Number of pages5
JournalFoot and Ankle International
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1996
Externally publishedYes


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