Static versus dynamic pressure assessment of plantar pressures in diabetic native Americans

W. Yamada, T. G. McPoil, W. Smith, M. W. Cornwall

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The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a static pressure assessment tool to predict high plantar pressure areas in comparison to a dynamic pressure measurement system. Twenty-four native American Indians, with a mean age of 55.1 years and a history of diabetic neuropathy, served as subjects. Bilateral static footprints were obtained using the Harris and Beath mat (Apex Foot Products Corporation, Englewood, NJ) and dynamic plantar pressures were obtained using an EMED-SF system (Novel Electronics, Minneapolis, MN). Two raters were asked to determine the area of highest pressure for each footprints twice and these areas were then compared to the dynamic pressure data. The results suggest that experienced clinicians are unable to accurately identify the area of highest pressure on the plantar surface of the foot from static pressure measurements, different clinicians will not be able to agree on the area of highest plantar pressure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-96
Number of pages6
JournalLower Extremity
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996


  • dynamic
  • plantar pressure
  • reliability
  • static

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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