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FOOT/ANKLE

This chapter will review anatomical systems of the foot/ankle. Common considerations for designers and engineers when innovating products for the foot/ankle will also be reviewed, along with an example student project.

SECTION 1 - ANATOMICAL SYSTEMS

Overview of the skeletal, muscular & nervous related to the foot/ankle. 

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Foot/Ankle Skeletal System

LaBat & Ryan, Figure 8.1

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Foot/Ankle Muscular System

LaBat & Ryan, Figure 8.12

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Foot/Ankle Nervous System

LaBat & Sokolowski, Figure 002

SECTION 2 - DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

When designing products that are worn around the foot/ankle, it is important to consider how the anatomical systems move.

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Shoe Styles & Bone Alignment

LaBat & Ryan, Figure 8.3

SECTION 3 - KNOWLEDGE IN PRACTICE

With this information in mind, let's take a look at a product designed for the foot/ankle.

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Design Problem:

Systems Involved:

65% of women in the US wear size 14 or above, yet running brands primarily design products for a thin, male body ​

that fits the image of what a runner looks like. Any Body acknowledges and embraces the athletes who don’t fit that mold​

—the women who were told they’re too fat to run but did it anyways.

Skeletal, muscular and integumentary systems

Useful Resources:

  • Research papers around footwear fit and the effect on performance​

  • 3D foot scanning and anthropometric measures​

  • Working with a last maker to develop a relevant last

Follow the link below to learn more about this project.

Overview

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Trunk

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Head/Face

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Hip/Knee

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Shoulder

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Hand/Wrist

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Breasts

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Foot/Ankle

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