Browse various studies and papers on biomechanics, the impact of Materialise solutions, and more. 

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Dose-response effects of forefoot and arch orthotic components on the center of pressure trajectory during running in pronated feet
Xianyi Zhang, Wing-Kai Lam, Benedicte Vanwanseele 
These findings suggest that phits custom 3D-printed forefoot orthotic components rather than arch supports are effective in altering forefoot dynamics in runners with pronated feet.  

Comparative Study of the Effects of Customized 3D printed insole and Prefabricated Insole on Plantar Pressure and Comfort in Patients with Symptomatic Flatfoot 
Rui Xu, Zhonghan Wang, Zhenxiao Ren, Tingjian Ma, Zhe Jia, Shuyan Fang, Hui Jin
Customized 3D-printed insoles reduced the pressure on the metatarsals by distributed it over the mid-foot area, thus reducing the damage from symptomatic flatfoot. Customized 3D-printed insoles were more effective than prefabricated insoles and offered better comfort for patients with symptomatic flatfoot. 


Can RSScan footscan D3D software predict injury in a military population following plantar pressure assessment? A prospective cohort study 
Andrew Franklyn-Miller, James Bilzon, Cassie Wilson, Paul McCrory
This study found that plantar pressure assessment of risk for overuse lower limb injury can be predictive of sustaining an overuse injury in a controlled training environment. 

Foot Orthoses in the Prevention of Injury in Initial Military Training: A Randomized Controlled Trial 
Andrew Franklyn-Miller, Cassie Wilson, James Bilzon, Paul McCrory
In this military trainee population, orthoses were effective in the prevention of overuse lower limb injury. This is the first study to identify a positive preventive role of orthoses. 

Prospective study of biomechanical risk factors for second and third metatarsal stress fractures in military recruits 
Sharon Dixon, Michael Nunns, Carol House, Hannah Rice, Mohammod Mostazir, Victoria Stiles, Trish Davey, Joanne Fallowfield, Adrian Allsopp
For second metatarsal stress fracture, aspects of foot type have been identified as influencing injury risk. For a third metatarsal stress fracture, delayed forefoot loading increases injury risk. Identification of these different injury mechanisms can inform the development of interventions for treatment and prevention. 

A prospective study of gait-related risk factors for exercise-related lower leg pain 
T.M. Willems, D. De Clercq, K. Delbaere, G. Vanderstraeten, A. De Cock, E.Witvrouw
The purpose of this study was to determine prospectively gait-related risk factors for exercise-related lower leg pain (ERLLP) in 400 physical education students. Static lower leg alignment was determined, and 3D gait kinematics combined with plantar pressure profiles were collected.

Foot strike determines the center of pressure behavior and affects impact severity in heel-toe running 
Pieter Van den Berghe, Laurence Warlop, Rud Derie, Marc Leman, Dirk De Clercq, Bastiaan Breine
This study assessed the center of pressure (COP) behavior and the relationship with impact severity during heel-toe running in conventional athletic footwear. 

The Biomechanical Relationship between Hallux Valgus Deformity and Metatarsal Pain 
Cheng Chang, Qing-Fu Wang, Jun-Chao Guo, Duo-Duo Li, Yu-Bo Fan, Jian-Min Wen
This study found that the longer contact duration of Meta2–3 had a higher load rate and impulse with increasing HV severity. Meta2 and Meta3 were the main regions of pain, regardless of HV severity. This information can provide the location to target pain relief and help guide further rehabilitation. 

Foot and ankle kinematics in chronic ankle instability subjects using a midfoot strike pattern when running, including influence of taping 
Kevin Deschamps, Giovanni Arnoldo Matricali, Bart Dingenen, Jente De Boeck, Sarah Bronselaer, Filip Staes
This study investigates differences in multi-segment foot kinematics between controls and participants with chronic ankle instability during running with a midfoot striking pattern and evaluates the effect of Low-Dye and High-Dye taping. 

Normal foot loading parameters and repeatability of the footscan platform system 
Chao Xu, Xin-Xin Wen, Lu-Yu Huang, Lei Shang, Xi-Xia Cheng, Ya-Bo Yan, Wei Lei 
This study found the footscan platform system to be repeatable. Thus, it can be used as a valuable tool in the assessment of plantar pressure distribution, and the normal values of the foot loading parameters identified in this study can be employed to provide a reference range for the gait analysis performed by the footscan system. 

Reliability of the footscan Platform System in Healthy Subjects: A Comparison of without Top-Layer and with Top-Layer Protocols 
Chao Xu, Xin-Xin Wen, Lu-Yu Huang, Lei Shang, Zhao Yang, Ya-Bo Yan, Wei Le
This study was designed to compare the reliability of the footscan platform and identify the differences in the foot loading parameters between without top-layer (WOT) and with top-layer (WT) protocols. 

Magnitude and Spatial Distribution of Impact Intensity Under the Foot Relates to Initial Foot Contact Pattern 
Bastiaan Breine, Philippe Malcolm, Veerle Segers, Joeri Gerlo, Rud Derie, Todd Pataky, Edward C. Frederick, Dirk De Clercq
The aim of this study was to compare impact intensity and its spatial distribution under the foot between different foot contact patterns. The findings indicate that different foot contact patterns could benefit from cushioning in different shoe zones. 

A new method to normalize plantar pressure measurements for foot size and foot progression angle 
N.L.W. Keijsers, N.M. Stolwijk, B. Nienhuis, J. Duysens
The purpose of this study was to develop and test a simple method that normalizes the plantar pressure pattern for foot size, foot progression angle, and total plantar pressure. 

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