The Effect of a Rollator on Plantar Pressure and Foot Balance during Gait in old-aged Adults

노인의 보행 시 Rollator 사용이 족저압 및 균형에 미치는 영향

  • Koo, Hyung-Mo (Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Science, Youngsan University) ;
  • Kim, Min-Hee (Laboratory of Neuroscience, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Science, Daegu University)
  • 구현모 (영산대학교 보건의료대학 물리치료학과) ;
  • 김민희 (대구대학교 재활과학대학 물리치료학과 신경과학교실)
  • Received : 2010.07.07
  • Accepted : 2010.09.28
  • Published : 2010.10.25


Purpose: The present study was designed to investigate the effect of a Rollator on plantar pressure and foot balance during gait in older adults. Methods: Twenty consecutive subjects (8 men, 12 women; age: $69.9{\pm}8.9$) had the following measurements done: plantar pressure in 10 areas of the foot, foot balance including heel rotation, foot balance, forefoot balance, medial forefoot balance, and meta loading during gait with or without a Rollator. Results: Significant differences in plantar pressure were observed in the areas of toes 2-5 or etatarsal areas 1, 4, 5 during gait with and without a Rollator. There were no significant differences in other areas of the foot. Regarding foot balance during gait with or without a Rollator, there were statistically significant differences in heel rotation, forefoot balance, medial forefoot balance, and meta loading. Conclusion: For older adults, the use of a Rollator can decrease plantar pressure and increase foot balance in various foot areas.



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