Ganesh R. Naik, Manisha Pratihast, Ahmed Al-Ani, Rifai Chai and, Hung T. Nguyen
In Proceedings of 39th IEEE EMBS Annual International conference, July 11 - 15, 2017, Jeju Island, South Korea, Pages 2486-2489
Publication year: 2017

The purpose of this study was to investigate differences in lower limb muscle activation patterns for females wearing shoes with different heel heights during Sit to Stand Task (STS). Ten female participants with no prior history of neurological disorders participated in this study. Surface electromyography (sEMG) characteristics were recorded for four different heel heights (ranging from 4cm to 10cm) while performing the STS task. Signal processing analysis suggests that muscle activities increases on elevated heel heights, which may induce muscle imbalance for frequent STS tasks. In addition, results of muscle utilisation (percentage) for different heel heights suggest that lower limb muscles tend to compensate in order to maintain postural balance.