Lucia Bizovská, Zdeněk Svoboda, Miroslav Janura


Foot loading assessment is a topical measurement used by podiatrists. During the measurement, force and pressure plates are mostly used. The aim of this study was to examine reliability of parameters computed from the force and pressure plates during the stance phase of a gait cycle. Ten healthy young men (23.6 ± 2.9 years) participated in this study. Participants walked barefoot with their preferred walking speed 8 times, 4 times on a walkway with two installed force plates. Other half of the trials was measured on the walkway with installed pressure plate. The reliability was computed for force, pressure, temporal and impulse characteristics of a stance phase of a gait cycle. The results showed that parameters from the force plates had medium to high reliability, with the exception of the temporal characteristics of anterior-posterior component of the ground reaction force. The results for pressure parameters showed that medium to high reliability was found under the areas where the pressure is normally higher (for example second metatarsus, lateral and medial heel) and low reliability was found under less pressed areas (fifth metatarsus, midfoot).


gait cycle; stance phase; reliability; force plate; pressure plate


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ISSN 0301-5491 (Print)
ISSN 2336-5552 (Online)
Published by the Czech Society for Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics and the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague.