Six healthy pregnant women volunteered to undergo a longitudinal evaluation of the plantar pressure distribution throughout gestation.
The plantar pressure distribution (contact time, contact area, peak pressure, and maximum force) was evaluated statically (orthostatic posture) and dynamically (gait).
The women walked on a 10m walkway at a self-selected cadence and controlled speed between trials and trimester.
The pedar-X system was used to evaluate barefoot gait to avoid the influence of the volunteer’s shoes on plantar pressure and to study the complex behaviour of the foot-floor interaction without any other interference.
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