Do obese adults walk differently in shoes vs. barefoot?

The effects of shoe or barefoot walking in obese adults.

Musculoskeletal issues such as low back and neck pain as well as hip and knee osteoarthritis are often linked to obesity. Consequently, weight-loss is commonly recommended as a means to reduce the above mentioned musculoskeletal issues causing pain. The problem occurs when weight-bearing exercises as simple as walking places overwhelming loads on the lower limb joints. 

In search of a solution to this dilemma, this study examined to see if they could find any observable differences in the walking gait pattern in obese individuals in shoes compared with those barefoot.

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Although this biomechanical observation is not a study which examined the efficacy of a treatment, as physiotherapists we could use this type of information to guide our rehabilitation process.

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