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The Science and Sociology of Footwear

Edited by Dr Anita Williams. 

New Content ItemJournal of Foot and Ankle Research presents thematic series: The Science and Sociology of Footwear

Footwear plays an essential function in protecting the foot from mechanical trauma, but has a much broader impact on daily life due to the influence of fashion, occupational requirements, performance enhancement and its role in the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal neurological disorders. This special JFAR collection will showcase the significant impact footwear has in both health and disease and will cover a wide range of methodological approaches, from biomechanics through to sociology. 

Individual articles address the following:  

  • Effects of footwear on human movement
  • Optimising the design and fit of footwear
  • Role of footwear in prevention of injury
  • Occupational footwear
  • Footwear in the treatment of lower extremity disorders
  • Psychology and sociology of footwear
  • Footwear considerations in forensics


  1. Content type: Review

    Correct footwear fitting is acknowledged as being vitally important, as incorrectly fitted footwear has been linked to foot pathology. The aim of this narrative review was to determine the prevalence of incorr...

    Authors: Andrew K. Buldt and Hylton B. Menz

    Citation: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2018 11:43

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  2. Content type: Review

    The effects of footwear on the development of children’s feet has been debated for many years and recent work from the developmental and biomechanical literature has challenged long-held views about footwear a...

    Authors: Stewart C. Morrison, Carina Price, Juliet McClymont and Chris Nester

    Citation: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2018 11:39

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  3. Content type: Research

    A high percentage of the population report footwear related foot pain, yet there is limited research on the effect footwear has on the development of this pain. The aim of this study was to establish whether f...

    Authors: Moira McRitchie, Helen Branthwaite and Nachiappan Chockalingam

    Citation: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2018 11:23

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  4. Content type: Research

    Footwear can have both a positive and negative impact on lower limb health and mobility across the lifespan, influencing the risk of foot pain, ulceration, and falls in those at risk. Choice of footwear can be...

    Authors: Alex L. Barwick, Jaap J. van Netten, Lloyd F. Reed and Peter A. Lazzarini

    Citation: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2018 11:19

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  5. Content type: Review

    This narrative review explores the ways in which drawing on theories and methods used in sociological work on footwear and identity can contribute to healthcare research with podiatrists and their patients, hi...

    Authors: Emily Nicholls, Victoria Robinson, Lisa Farndon and Wesley Vernon

    Citation: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2018 11:9

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  6. Content type: Research

    The aim of this paper was to create an updated Australian guideline on footwear for people with diabetes.

    Authors: Jaap J. van Netten, Peter A. Lazzarini, David G. Armstrong, Sicco A. Bus, Robert Fitridge, Keith Harding, Ewan Kinnear, Matthew Malone, Hylton B. Menz, Byron M. Perrin, Klaas Postema, Jenny Prentice, Karl-Heinz Schott and Paul R. Wraight

    Citation: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2018 11:2

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  7. Content type: Research

    Many work places require standing for prolonged periods of time and are potentially damaging to health, with links to musculoskeletal disorders and acute trauma from workplace accidents. Footwear provides the ...

    Authors: Jennifer Anderson, Anita E. Williams and Christopher Nester

    Citation: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2017 10:41

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  8. Content type: Research

    Appropriate footwear for individuals with diabetes but no ulceration history could reduce the risk of first ulceration. However, individuals who deem themselves at low risk are unlikely to seek out bespoke foo...

    Authors: Stephen J. Preece, Jonathan D. Chapman, Bjoern Braunstein, Gert-Peter Brüggemann and Christopher J. Nester

    Citation: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2017 10:27

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  9. Content type: Research

    Pressure-related skin lesions on the digits are a significant cause of discomfort. Most foot pain related to ill-fitting shoes occurs in the forefoot and digital areas. Pain has been associated with poor shoe ...

    Authors: Bessie Hurst, Helen Branthwaite, Andrew Greenhalgh and Nachiappan Chockalingam

    Citation: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2017 10:2

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  10. Content type: Research

    Ill-fitting shoes have been implicated as a risk factor for falls but research to date has focused on people with arthritis, diabetes and the general older population; little is known about people with neurolo...

    Authors: Catherine Bowen, Ann Ashburn, Mark Cole, Margaret Donovan-Hall, Malcolm Burnett, Judy Robison, Louis Mamode, Ruth Pickering, Dan Bader and Dorit Kunkel

    Citation: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2016 9:39

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  11. Content type: Research

    A previous study highlighted the importance of footwear to individuals’ sense of their identity, demonstrating that shoes must ‘fit’ someone socially, as well as functionally. However, unhealthy shoes can have a ...

    Authors: Lisa Farndon, Victoria Robinson, Emily Nicholls and Wesley Vernon

    Citation: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2016 9:17

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  12. Content type: Research

    The majority of multi-segment kinematic foot studies have been limited to barefoot conditions, because shod conditions have the potential for confounding surface-mounted markers. The aim of this study was to i...

    Authors: J. Halstead, A. M. Keenan, G. J. Chapman and A. C. Redmond

    Citation: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2016 9:7

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