A review of the utilization of baropodometry in postural assessment

J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2014 Apr;18(2):215-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.05.016. Epub 2013 Jul 1.


Postural deviations have been linked to a series of different kinds of pain and dysfunction. Since the human foot is the basis of support and propulsion for gait, and baropodometric analysis assesses dysfunctions of the feet, it may be valuable in terms of postural assessment. Therefore, the aim of this literature review was to investigate which studies have used this baropodometric equipment and how the equipment was used, as well as to discuss the scientific problems and solutions associated with the study and clinical practice of baropodometry. Twenty-eight of the 48 articles found in the Pubmed and Lilacs databases were used. The baropodometer has the potential to provide excellent research in the postural field and related areas. However, baropodometry requires standardization and an improved calibration system. Further significant scientific papers, using properly calibrated equipment, are important in order to improve the quality of the technique and display evidence of its clinical and scientific value.

Keywords: Baropodometry; Plantar pressure; Posture.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Foot / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Physical Therapy Modalities*
  • Posture / physiology*