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I need your views for my research project.

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Sarah Oxley, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. Sarah Oxley

    Sarah Oxley Member

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    I'm currently putting together a research project for my access course and i really could do with some input from Podiatrists. I'm looking into the area of fashion footwear and the problems it creates for teenage foot health. If any one could spare a few moments to give me their views on this subject or suggest other material that i can look into, it would be appreciated.

    Many thanks,

  2. davidh

    davidh Podiatry Arena Veteran

    Hi Sarah,

    As I remember, this is not particularly well documented. Maybe there isn't much damage caused to teenage feet nowadays - trainers being universal teenage wear and all.

    One area you may like to look at more closely is the damage done to teenage feet by stilettos and winklepickers in the 60's. I'm sure this will be documented somewhere, but you'll need to do some digging.
  3. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

    Hi Sarah,

    Clinically/Anecdotally, I have seen about a 50 % increase in the number of teenage girls that come to see me with a range of problems from plantar fascia problems to sinus tarsi syndrome that would probably not have arisen had they not been wearing ballet pump shoes that are no more than some very thin leather with a 3mm layer of rubber on the bottom. (there is probably more substance in VFFs!)

    I have no research materials on this although I'm sure some digging would turn a few things up. My view is that the very flat shoes are every bit as damaging as heeled shoes for certain people


  4. Sarah Oxley

    Sarah Oxley Member

    Many thanks to you both for your comments. I have found there doesn't seem to be too much info out there except for the usual newspaper articles. I may have to change my title somewhat!
    But hey, at least the recommendations section will be easy ;)

    Once again, thank you very much

  5. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Hi Sarah & :welcome: to Podiatry Arena.

    You could try Google Scholar for research articles.

    I searched 'Teenage footwear,' which gave the following

    Just thought it may give you another potential avenue of resource.

    Kindest regards,

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  7. MischaK

    MischaK Active Member

    Hi Sarah here is some literature that may be of some use for your research project, some of it may not be specifically about teenagers or young adults but could still be useful.

    Bhan, M., Parihar, R., & Dhakshinamoorthy, P. (2010). Influence of high-heels on few mechanical factors of lower extremity and lumbar lordosis among college going females. Indian Journal Of Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy, 4(2), 51-54.

    Coughlin, M. (1994). The high cost of fashionable footwear. Journal Of Musculoskeletal Medicine, 11(12), 40

    Coughlin, M. (1998). Foot problems in women: why those shoes aren't made for walking. Consultant (00107069), 38(10), 2511-2516.

    Curran, S., Holliday, J., & Watkeys, L. (2010). Influence of high heeled footwear and pre-fabricated foot orthoses on energy efficiency in ambulation. Podiatry Review, 67(3), 16-22.

    de Lateur, B., Giaconi, R., Questad, K., Ko, M., & Lehmann, J. (1991). Footwear and posture: compensatory strategies for heel height. American Journal Of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 70(5), 246-254.

    Hansen, A., & Childress, D. (2004). Effects of shoe heel height on biologic rollover characteristics during walking. Journal Of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 41(4), 547-553.

    Hong, W., Lee, Y., Chen, H., Pei, Y., & Wu, C. (2005). Influence of heel height and shoe insert on comfort perception and biomechanical performance of young female adults during walking. Foot & Ankle International, 26(12), 1042-1048.

    Keenan, G., Franz, J., Dicharry, J., Della Croce, U., & Kerrigan, D. (2011). Lower limb joint kinetics in walking: The role of industry recommended footwear. Gait & Posture, 33(3), 350-355.

    Kim, M., Yi, C., Yoo, W., & Choi, B. (2011). EMG and kinematics analysis of the trunk and lower extremity during the sit-to-stand task while wearing shoes with different heel heights in healthy young women. Human Movement Science, 30(3), 596-605.

    Krauss, I., Valiant, G., Horstmann, T., & Grau, S. (2010). Comparison of female foot morphology and last design in athletic footwear--are men's lasts appropriate for women?. Research In Sports Medicine, 18(2), 140-156. doi:10.1080/15438621003627216

    Menant, J., Steele, J., Menz, H., Munro, B., & Lord, S. (2011). Step time variability and pelvis acceleration patterns of younger and older adults: effects of footwear and surface conditions. Research In Sports Medicine, 19(1), 28-41. doi:10.1080/15438627.2011.534968

    Park, K., Chun, S., Oh, D., Kim, S., & Chon, S. (2010). The change in vastus medialis oblique and vastus lateralis electromyographic activity related to shoe heel height during treadmill walking. Journal Of Back & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 23(1), 39-44. doi:10.3233/BMR-2010-0246

    Sanders, J. L. (2011). When patients insist on wearing high heels. Podiatry Today, 24(6), 38

    Speksnijder, C., Munckhof, R., Moonen, S., & Walenkamp, G. (2005). The higher the heel the higher the forefoot-pressure in ten healthy women. Foot, 15(1), 17-21
  8. Sarah Oxley

    Sarah Oxley Member

    Many thanks to all for the input:dizzy:

    I've finally got something I can get my teeth into! I have my interview for Uni this coming Friday so please keep your fingers crossed for me.

  9. JRB123

    JRB123 Active Member

    Hi - I have a personal experience of when I was a teenager (many moons ago!) - I wore some sling back shoes one summer which offered no support whatsoever and I developed a Haglunds bump. It was quite painful but soon cleared up when I wore better shoes over the winter. Neale's Common Foot Disorders does mention it is common in young adolescent females.
  10. carolethecatlover

    carolethecatlover Active Member

    Go to Cordwainer's college, (I was studying handbag and shoes manufacture there in pre-historic times) now part of the London College of fashion, great library of all things shoe. Lots of info, but you could get great pictures of shoes, teenagers of the past had horrible narrow NO left, No right shoes, and look at Victorian boots for small and tight.
    Just recently, I was looking a queue of girls waiting to see the Twilight movie, our target teens exactly. All had platform plus heel, adding 7 inches or 17cm to their height, but the actual rise was 4inches 10cms,due to the platform, but I think the problem is the placement of the heel, back in the day when I made a shoe or two, I was told by a model that some really high shoes where comfortable, and she showed me a few of her vast collection, back then I didn't have the anatomy knowlege I have now. The comfy heels were right under the Talus, the uncomfy were right off the back, pushing the weight thru the posterior edge of the Calcaneus. It's about centre of gravity as much as height. Girls now are taller than in my day, but they want to be even taller.
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  12. Sarah Oxley

    Sarah Oxley Member

    Many thanks to all for your help. The project is starting to come together nicely now and I've been offered a place at Uni!!
  13. MischaK

    MischaK Active Member

    Congratulations on your offer Sarah.

    Good luck with your research project and your studies :D


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