Posted April 01, 2020 18:31:13When it comes to footfall, the number one thing that’s holding us back from being more fun is our feet.
We’re constantly on the lookout for the perfect height, and a new research study shows we need to do more than just reach for the remote.
A new study from researchers at the University of Maryland, published in the journal PLOS ONE, has found that even though people are happy to stand taller, their feet are only about half as effective at grabbing the ground when walking on uneven ground.
This means that a height increase of three inches is only half as helpful as a height decrease of one inch.
The researchers tested different height increase strategies and found that the effect of a two-inch increase was only marginally significant.
In a paper describing the findings, researcher Rongqiang Zhang and his colleagues wrote that a simple three-foot increase in height was only half the effect as an increase of two inches.
Instead, they recommended that people try the two- and three-inch range, with each of these two and three inches of height increasing the probability of landing in a good spot to grab the ground.
The study is not only important for our feet, but for our health too.
It also raises a question about how to best help people to get back to a more healthy height.
As Zhang said, the most important thing for a healthy foot is to maintain a comfortable position when walking.
This suggests that we need not just a height reduction of one or two inches, but a substantial increase in the height we aim for.
Zhang said the researchers will look into a range of different heights that would be more effective, and how they might change the trajectory of the footfall.
“The question of how to increase height, we don’t know yet,” he said.
“But there is some evidence that height increases can increase both walking and running speed.
So this is definitely a new direction.”
The research was led by Dr Richard A. Sillerman of the Center for Functional Fitness and Rehabilitation Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.