[The tripod support of the foot. An analysis of pressure distribution under static and dynamic loading]

Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. May-Jun 1993;131(3):279-84. doi: 10.1055/s-2008-1040241.
[Article in German]


A "tripod" loading of the human foot, as it is mentioned in some textbooks, was not found in a pressure distribution study with 111 adults. For bipedal standing as well as walking peak pressures beneath the 3rd metatarsal head were substantially higher than under the metatarsal heads I and V. Correlation analyses demonstrated that the pressure distribution during standing reveals only little information about the dynamic loads under the foot during gait. Gender differences in the load bearing behavior of the foot as well as significant correlations of peak pressures towards body weight and foot contact area were found.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight
  • Female
  • Foot / physiology*
  • Gait*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pressure*
  • Sex Factors
  • Weight-Bearing