Three-curve rocker-soled shoes and gait adaptations to intermittent claudication pain: a randomised crossover trial

Jordan, Alistair, Tew, Garry, Hutchins, Stephen, Shalan, Ahmed, Cook, Liz and Thompson, Andrew (2019) Three-curve rocker-soled shoes and gait adaptations to intermittent claudication pain: a randomised crossover trial. Gait & Posture, 67. pp. 31-36. ISSN 0966-6362

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Intermittent claudication (IC) is a symptom of peripheral arterial disease where a cramp-like leg pain is exhibited during walking, which affects gait and limits walking distance. Specifically-designed rocker-soled shoes were purported to mechanically unload the calf musculature and increase walking distances until IC pain.

Research Questions
Do three-curve rocker-soled shoes increase walking distance and what are the biomechanical differences during pain-free walking and IC pain-induced walking, when compared with control shoes?

Following NHS ethical approval, 31 individuals with claudication (age 69 ± 10 years, stature 1.7 ± 0.9 m, mass 83.2 ± 16.2 kg, ankle-brachial pressure index 0.55 ± 0.14) were randomised in this cross-over trial. Gait parameters whilst walking with rocker-soled shoes were compared with control shoes at three intervals of pain-free walking, at onset of IC pain (initial claudication distance) and when IC intensifies and prevents them walking any further (absolute claudication distance). Two-way repeated measures ANOVA were performed on gait variables.

When compared with control shoes, rocker-soled shoes reduced ankle power generation (mean 2.1 vs 1.6 W/kg, respectively; p=0.006) and altered sagittal kinematics of the hip, knee and ankle. However, this did not translate to a significant increase in initial (138 m vs 146 m, respectively) or absolute (373 m vs 406 m, respectively) claudication distances. In response to IC pain, similar adaptations in temporal-spatial parameters and the sagittal kinematics were observed between the shoe types.

The three-curved rocker shoes, in their current design, do not augment gait sufficiently to enhance walking distance, when compared with control shoes, and therefore cannot be recommended for the intermittent claudication population.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Peripheral arterial disease; Walking gait; Biomechanics; Footwear; Peripheral artery disease; Rocker shoes
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2018 10:50
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 15:02

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