The mechanical efficiency of heel toe and toe walking

Craig Childs, L. C. Eve, R. O. Robinson, A. P. Shortland

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The mechanical work required for children to walk using heel-toe and toe walking styles was measured. Even though there are reported benefits in reduced distal muscle power at push off, a significant increase in energy is required over the whole gait cycle for toe walking compared to heel-toe walking.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)s145-s146
Number of pages2
JournalGait and Posture
Issue numberSupplement 1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2002
EventEuropean Society for Movement analysis in Adults and Children - ESMAC 2002 - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 16 Sept 200221 Sept 2002


  • posture
  • walking
  • biomechanics
  • feet
  • mechanical efficiency


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