The Effect of Footrest on Standing Postural Control

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Mohan GanesanUniversity of Illinois at Chicago

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Yun-Ju LeeUniversity of Illinois at Chicago

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Alexander S. AruinUniversity of Illinois at Chicago

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The use of a footrest while performing activity in standing is frequently associated with improvement of a user’s well-being however no information exists on the role of a footrest in improving postural stability. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of using a footrest in postural control. Twenty healthy young volunteers were tested using three experimental conditions: standing with two feet on the force platform and standing on the force platform when one foot was placed on a 15 cm footrest positioned in front or laterally. The mean and root mean square distance, range and velocity of the center of pressure (COP) were calculated in the anterior-posterior (AP) and medio-lateral (ML) directions using the force platform data. The COP displacements in AP and ML directions increased in conditions of standing with one foot placed on the footrest regardless of its location. Standing with eyes closed increased COP displacements further. The outcome of the study suggests the importance of using COP measures for evaluation of postural stability and provides additional information needed for optimization of working conditions involving standing with a footrest.

The authors are with the Dept. of Physical Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL. Address author correspondence to Department of Physical Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Address author correspondence to Alexander S. Aruin at aaruin@uic.edu.
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