Analysis of Physiological Gait Pattern in Children Without the Influence of Footwear

Foot Ankle Spec. 2016 Dec;9(6):506-512. doi: 10.1177/1938640016666914. Epub 2016 Sep 20.


In the literature, there have been several studies that have analyzed and explained the characteristics of physiological gait in association with pathologies; however, finding information about normal gait pattern while barefoot is difficult. This study focuses on the differences in the barefoot gait between children and adolescents. A total of 320 healthy children and adolescent were recruited and divided into groups according to age: G1 (1-6 years), G2 (7-10 years), G3 (>11 years). Data were collected using a dynamometric platform and analyzed using SPSS software. This study's findings indicate that there are differences in the swing, stance, load, and single support phases of gait. To our knowledge, this is the first study to present the values of standardized data on barefoot gait pattern in children aged from 2 to 10 years.

Levels of evidence: Diagnostic, Level IV: Case series.

Keywords: analysis; children; gait while barefoot; physiological gait pattern.