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Gait Posture. 2012 Mar;35(3):405-9. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2011.10.362. Epub 2011 Dec 5.

The effect of a long-distance run on plantar pressure distribution during running.

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Ghent University, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Ghent University Hospital, De Pintelaan 185, 3B3, 9000 Ghent, Belgium.


The purpose of this study was to assess plantar pressure alterations after long-distance running. Prior to and after a 20 km run, force distribution underneath the feet of 52 participants was registered using Footscan(®) pressure plates while the participants ran shod at a constant self-selected pace. Peak force, mean force and impulse were registered underneath different zones of the foot. In addition, temporal data as total foot contact time, time of contact and end of contact were derived for these zones. Furthermore, a medio-lateral pressure distribution ratio was calculated in different phases of the roll-off. After the run, increases in the loading of the forefoot, midfoot and medial heel were noted and decreases in loading of the lateral toes. In the forefoot push off phase a more lateral pressure distribution was observed. The results of this study demonstrated plantar pressure deviations after long-distance running which could give additional information related to several running injuries.

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