Effects of slipper features and properties on walking and sit-to-stand tasks of older women

Wai Ting Lo, Kit Lun Yick, Newman Lau, Lok Tung Tse, Sun Pui Ng, Joanne Yip

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Indoor slippers with a strap across the dorsal forefoot are popular with older women. However, their influence on the foot motion has not been reported. This study evaluated the range of movement in the knee and ankle joints during walking and changes in trunk displacement during sit-to-stand when 10 healthy older women wore two types of slippers and were barefoot. Compared to barefeet, walking in slippers results in significant increases in the knee flexion angle in the swing phase. However, there is nonsignificant differences in the ankle angle in any phase across all conditions. During the sit-stand transition when slippers are worn, there is a significant reduction in the peak trunk tilt angle and range, as well as the duration of the weight shift when motion is initiated. The findings therefore provide a better understanding of slipper features and designs associated with changes in foot kinematics in older women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-595
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


  • Dynamic motion
  • Foot kinematics
  • Footwear design
  • Sit-stand transition
  • Trunk orientation


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