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Differences in foot shapes between German and Australian children

Discussion in 'Pediatrics' started by NewsBot, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. NewsBot

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    Do the feet of German and Australian children differ in structure? Implications for children's shoe design.
    Mauch M, Mickle KJ, Munro BJ, Dowling AM, Grau S, Steele JR.
    Ergonomics. 2008 Apr;51(4):527-39.
     
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  3. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member

    netizens

    I do have some problems with this study. The ethnic make up of both population samples does need further clarification before the authors' can begin to generalise there findings. Neither German nor Australian populations are ethnically homogenous, time was this might have been taken as a constant but movement of people across continents would serious question comparisons of this type, now.

    What say you.

    toeslayer
     
  4. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    Define "Australian" most of us are migrants or the descendants of, l am told mine came out in 1857.
    As footwear manufacturing becomes more of a globalized product l cant see them making different shoe shapes for each country, its hard enough to find width fittings and true half sizes for children as it is, lucky for me we still make them
     
  5. pgcarter

    pgcarter Well-Known Member

    The ski industry does make different lasts particularly for Japan. We used to buy different shapes having some idea of what likely background was going to fit. The AngloBritish white Aussie often has a broad forefoot high instep and fairly low volume heel/calcaneus. The Germanic foot is similar but usually higher volume in the heel, French seemed long, low and narrow, Southern and Northern Italian (more Germanic genes I think) different by size and width. The Australian army started scanning feet in Aus many years ago to try to design military boots that would fit more people with less damage to their feet. I got out of that industry and am no longer in touch with the people who were doing it. Obviously foot typing is an effort to provide last shapes that are going to fit good numbers of people in any given population, there is always variation so no system is going to be right every time....it's statistics....there are always outlyers.....
    regards Phill
     
  6. adavies

    adavies Active Member

    So what's going to happen to the off spring of an Aussie/German parntership?

    Kiwi AD :deadhorse:
     
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  8. brevis

    brevis Active Member

    It would be interesting to see what info/reseach the bigger brands such as asics, nike etc base their lasts on? and wheather or not they use different lasts for different countries?..

    ....i tried asking a rep from a certain brand this once and all they could manage was a change of topic:p
     
  9. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    l can tell you Kumfs the ladies comfort brand is now sold in America, Australia
    , New zealand and China and they are all made on the same lasts, the only saving grace would be they come in multiple width fittings, the question being do different width fittings sell at different ratios in different countries?

    l would imagine this would hold true to a country like China where most of the population is indigenous but not for a country like Australia where most are migrants from around the world and of "mixed blood" if you will.

    An Asians shape and size foot is very different to that of an Islander
     
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    Foot Morphology in Chinese School Children Varies by Sex and Age.
    Xu M et al
    Med Sci Monit. 2018 Jul 1;24:4536-4546. doi: 10.12659/MSM.906030.
     
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