Background: Walking in high heels presents biomechanical challenges, yet they remain part of many women’s attire. However, women with a lower limb amputation are limited in available footwear options. Case description and methods: This case study is in response to one patient’s assertion that she walked better and more symmetrically in heels than flat shoes with her below-knee prosthesis. She underwent gait analysis in athletic shoes and 10-cm stiletto high heels worn with a pediatric running foot to determine if these claims could be substantiated through biomechanical measures. Global gait asymmetry indices were calculated. Findings and outcomes: Asymmetry indices were nearly identical between athletic shoes and heels but joint-level findings differed substantially. Ankle mechanics were more symmetrical in heels but hip mechanics were less. Conclusion: The maintenance of symmetry in stiletto high heels does not imply maintenance of gait quality, as high heels are known to adversely affect some components walking mechanics. Clinical relevance: Returning to high-heel wear is achievable for prosthesis users. Accommodations can be made using creativity in prosthetic foot selection to enable successful ambulation; however, attention to gait mechanics may be important for patient safety.
|Idioma original||English (US)|
|Número de páginas||6|
|Publicación||Prosthetics and Orthotics International|
|Estado||Published - jun 1 2018|
|Publicado de forma externa||Sí|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Professions (miscellaneous)