The influence of simulated wear upon the ability of insoles to reduce peak pressures during running when wearing military boots

Gait Posture. 2002 Dec;16(3):297-303. doi: 10.1016/s0966-6362(02)00021-8.


Mechanical degradation of three types of shock absorbing insoles equivalent to 100-130 km of running did not reduce their ability to attenuate the peak pressures generated during running when wearing military boots. Pressure measurements at the heel and forefoot were recorded with pressure measuring insoles placed in the boots of nine subjects. Two of the three insoles tested reduced the peak pressures (P<0.05) generated at the heel and forefoot relative to the no-insole (control) condition. The most effective insole reduced the peak pressures at the heel by 37% and at the forefoot by 24%.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Cross-Over Studies
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Military Personnel*
  • Running*
  • Shoes*
  • Stress, Mechanical
  • United Kingdom