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Effect of Footwear on Achilles Tendon Load

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by NewsBot, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. NewsBot

    NewsBot The Admin that posts the news.

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    Can footwear affect achilles tendon loading?
    Rowson S, McNally C, Duma SM.
    Clin J Sport Med. 2010 Sep;20(5):344-9.
     
  2. Bill Bird

    Bill Bird Active Member

    This is the kind of research that can be used to help clients and patients make the right choices in footwear provided it can be presented in an understandable way. Often what seems to be common sense gets disproved by research, in this case it's backing up what has until now been anecdotal.
    Thanks for posting this. Bill Bird
     
  3. Bill:

    Unfortunately this research is on cadavers without any influence from central nervouis system control or from the dynamics of gait. This, of course, should temper our enthusiasm for assuming that the results from this study are representative of real life, but it certaiinly is a start in the right direction.
     
  4. JB1973

    JB1973 Active Member

    hiya
    excuse my ignorance but can someone clarify exactly what is meant by high top and low top shoes?

    cheers
    JB
     
  5. Bill Bird

    Bill Bird Active Member

    Hi JB

    I agree it is too vague even for an abstract.

    The top line of a shoe is the finished edge where the foot goes in. I'm assuming that low top means the top line runs under i.e. distal to, the malleolli and high top means above i.e. proximal to the malleolli.
    With the development of the cushion collar such as found on trainers, we now have footwear that has a soft top line that can end level with the prominence of the malleolli. In my experience, there are a lot of benefits to a cushion collar but in the context of this article I would assume that it's a low top unless the top line actually finishes proximal to the malleolli.

    That's my professional opinion but may not be what the researchers had in mind.
    Bill Bird
     
  6. Jenene Lovell

    Jenene Lovell Active Member

    Hi,

    I understand that this study was sone on cadavars, has there been any research that is done on "living" humans? If there is, does anyone hav a link?

    My understanding is that there is no benefit to high top shoes except for in the case of ankle injuries, but even then an ankle brace is more beneficial. Am I wrong to assume this?
     
  7. NewsBot

    NewsBot The Admin that posts the news.

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    The effect of load on Achilles tendon structure in novice runners
    Omar W. Heyward et al
    JSMS; Article in Press
     
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