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Foot Loading Characteristics of Chinese Bound Feet Women: A Comparative Analysis

Gu, Y, Mei, Q, Fernandez, J, Li, J, Ren, X and Feng, N (2015) Foot Loading Characteristics of Chinese Bound Feet Women: A Comparative Analysis. PLoS One, 10 (4). ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

The custom of bound feet among Chinese women has existed for almost a century. This practice has influenced the daily life of Chinese women, especially during everyday locomotion. The primary aim of this study is to analyze the loading patterns of bound feet. Specifically, the plantar pressure and center of pressure were analyzed for peak pressure, contact area, force time integral, center of pressure displacement velocity and trajectory in the anterior- posterior direction via a comparison with normal feet. The key outcomes from this work were that the forefoot and rearfoot of bound feet bear the whole loading during stance phase. The center of pressure displacement velocity of bound feet was also greatly reduced with the shortening of trajectories. This suggests that the proprioceptive system adjusts motor function to adapt to new loading patterns while maintaining locomotive stability. A biomechanical understanding of bound feet may assist with prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of bound feet disorders.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: MD Multidisciplinary
Subjects: Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Maritime and Mechanical Engineering
Publisher: Public Library of Science
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Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2018 08:38
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2018 02:08
DOI or Identification number: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121695
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8962

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