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Shoe/insole Design By Simulating The In-shoe Pressure Distribution During Walking

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BIO950451

Volume

2

Pages

8

Published

1995

Size

963 kb

Author(s)

N. Praxmarer, F.G. Rammerstorfer, K. Irsigler & T. Kastenbauer

Abstract

Shoe/insole design by simulating the in-shoe pressure distribution during walking N. Praxmarer,* F.G. Rammerstorfer,* K. Irsigler,^ T. Kastenbauer^ "Institute of Lightweight Structures and Aerospace Engineering, Technical University of Vienna, Gusshausstrasse 27-29, A-1040 Vienna, Austria **3rd Medical Department for Metabolic Diseases and Nephrology and L. Boltzmann Research Institute, Hospital Vienna-Lainz, Vienna, Austria ABSTRACT — A "multiple element model" (MEM) of the foot is presented, based on individually measured stiffness characteristics describing the compliance at the plantar surface of the foot. Together with a MEM of the shoe the model is employed to simulate the in-shoe pressure distribution during walking. Based on the simulation method an iterative procedure is suggested to optimize the sole configuration with respect to a desired pressure distribution. Improved design of orthopaedic footwear can contribute in the treatment of pressure induced diabetic foot problems.

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