October 2010

FitFlop affects foot motion, loading

The FitFlop flip flop, which has been anecdotally reported to reduce lower extremity and low back pain, significantly alters foot motion and loading, according to research presented at the i-FAB meeting in September.

In 17 asymptomatic female subjects, researchers from the University of Salford in the U.K. found that the FitFlop footwear significantly increased walking speed, reduced frontal plane foot motion, and reduced peak loading compared to a standard flip-flop.

In 20 asymptomatic female subjects, they also found that the FitFlop significantly increased mediolateral center of pressure deviation and decreased contact area and peak pressure under the heel and the toes compared to a conventional shoe.

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