As small changes in environmental components can aﬀect the whole gait pattern, it is important to understand the inﬂuence of as many parameters as possible to perform a representative gait analysis. One of these parameters, which is in most gait studies typically left out, is the type of shoes that are worn during the study.
The objective of this work was to test the hypothesis if the more the range of motion of the ankle is restricted by a shoe, the greater is the Joint Reaction Force (JRF) in the ankle and knee joint. The observed shoe types were sneakers, boots and high heels in comparison to a barefoot condition. 12 healthy young women each performed three level walking trials per footwear condition on a 15 m walkway. A 3D Motion Capture system recorded joint angles, segment kinematics, segment global positions, and extensive sensor data. The resultant JRF were calculated from inverse dynamics.