How Does Technology Affect Measuring Foot Posture?

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While the sport of running has a lot of popularity and health benefits, the relatively high injury risk that follows should not be overlooked. The risk factors and types of running related injuries (RRI) that runners experience are vast; one potential source that has been linked to patterns of RRI is foot posture. The foot is the contact point with the ground during running, and therefore the foot's arch plays an important role in the load bearing and shock absorption for the body. When attempting to further understand the foot's arch and why it could be causing problems for runners, one direction is an analysis of how the foot is actually functioning during running in comparison with its ideal function. To dissect this problem, an analysis of the foot and its structure and function will be included. This presentation will explain foot posture, describe the pros and cons of how it can be measured statically through Foot posture Index and dynamically through Dartfish, and show why finding the most relatable way to measure active foot posture is important in the understanding and potential for preventing RRI. In some instances, technology can provide points of view not otherwise seen without it. With Dartfish, understanding running mechanics through gait analysis, the study of locomotion and in this case specifically how the body functions during running, appears different with this technology when compared to the human eye. Dartfish technology uses video-recording software to analyze patient's symmetry and smoothness of movement, allows them to assess angles of different joints, and can compare both with that of the ideal function. In this work it assists in the analysis of foot strike and the functions of the foot during running.

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Jewel Goodman Shepherd

Second Advisor

Mary DeVany

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University Honors

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