Effects of Slipper Features and Properties on Walking and Sit-to-Stand Tasks of Older Women

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Indoor slippers with a strap across the dorsal forefoot are popular with older women. However, their influence on the foot motion has not been reported. This study evaluated the range of movement in the knee and ankle joints during walking and changes in trunk displacement during sit-to-stand when 10 healthy older women wore two types of slippers and were barefoot. Compared to barefeet, walking in slippers results in significant increases in the knee flexion angle in the swing phase. However, there is nonsignificant differences in the ankle angle in any phase across all conditions. During the sit-stand transition when slippers are worn, there is a significant reduction in the peak trunk tilt angle and range, as well as the duration of the weight shift when motion is initiated. The findings therefore provide a better understanding of slipper features and designs associated with changes in foot kinematics in older women.

Lo, Yick, Tse, and Yip are with the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong. Lau is with School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong. Ng is with Hong Kong Community College, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong.

Address author correspondence to Kit-Lun Yick at tcyick@polyu.edu.hk.
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