Academic research over the past 10 years reveals the complex biomechanical interaction of the anatomical structures in the human body. The tight, structural linkage from the foot to the scalp makes it comprehensible that proper foot function is extremely important for human wellbeing and everyday performance. Lots of people experience pain in their muscle and skeleton system, a pain that might have started as a minor dysfunction in the foot, without anyone knowing. It is an intimate interaction between the environment in which we are walking, the shoes we wear and our quality of life. That is why we are aiming at making the world´s best walking shoe.
Four reports support our research:
Advicia, a Norwegian research company, conducted a survey among 175 GaitLine™ customers wearing GaitLine™ shoes frequently from 3 months up to 1,5 year.
To understand the underlying factors of the Advicia survey, an important investigation was carried out in the motion laboratory at the Swedish University of Agriculture and Science (SLU). The set up for the gait testing, was run by a PhD student and supervised by Professor Lars Roepstorff. Mission: to quantify foot pronation (foot-inward rotation), lower limb kinematics and postural symmetry during gait, using Qualizys Gait Scan System.
Settings: 18 young, female students (age 18-21) with pronounced overpronation. Data were collected during three different walking conditions:
A) barefoot, B) GaitLine™ shoes, C) casual shoes.
The report from SLU highlighted the following benefits in favor of GaitLine™ shoes:
The third study was conducted at the University College of Applied Sciences, Department of Physiotherapy in Oslo 2014.
Mission: to investigate whether the use of GaitLine™ footwear would reduce pain for people suffering from chronic plantar fasciitis (paint underneath the foot) and heel spur. Background: Approximately 7% of the grown up population are suffering from plantar fasciitis, while the percentage of plantar fasciitis among athletes is 10-20% out of all types of sport injuries. Settings: 20 test persons diagnosed with chronic plantar fasciitis or chronic heel-spur were to use the GaitLine™ shoes for a minimum of three hours per day over a period of two weeks.
The fourth study was also conducted at the University College of Applied Sciences, Department of Physiotherapy in Oslo 2014.
Mission: to compare EMG activation of tibialis anterior (TA) in two test-conditions a) barefoot walking and b) walking in Gaitline™ shoes, two categories of test-persons: people with normal gait pattern and people with an over-pronating gait pattern.
Background: Lots of people suffer from inflammatory disease and pain in the TA muscle due to over-activation during gait, people of all ages and both genders. TA is controlling the foot-roll (ankle pitch) shortly after heel-touch by eccentric activation. TA is an “anti-drop-foot” muscle. Shoes with a “high heel construction” have a tendency to increase the need for eccentric TA-activation. Additionally people suffering from an over-pronating gait-pattern are usually stressing the TA muscle too much, resulting in a painful TA muscle, often referred to as shin splint.