The effect of combat boot inserts on comfort, injury frequency and performance


  1. Hau, A.
  2. Stefanyshyn, D.J.
  3. Nigg, B.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Calgary Univ, Calgary ALTA (CAN) Human Performance Lab
Army personnel are often required to spend significant amounts of time executing their tasks while wearing the same footwear. The importance of appropriate footwear for this population is obvious. However, what is considered appropriate footwear for one individual may not be appropriate for another individual. The fact that the majority of the military population is issued identical footwear would suggest that at least some individuals do not have appropriate footwear. Unfortunately, the guidelines for determining an appropriate boot for an individual are not well determined. Ultimely, these guidelines should be used to prescribe appropriate footwear to specific individuals. As a first step in understanding these guidelines, an initial study was performed to determine the anthropometric and sensory factors which may predict the short term reaction of the foot to a set of selected shoe-insert constructions. The study found that changes in insert properties elicited substantial changes in comfort ratings of a group of 106 university students. The comfort ratings depended on specific insert characteristics as well as lower extremity characteristics such as foot sensitivity and leg alignment. TRUNCATED
Sensory factors;Lower extremity;Injury data;Skeletal alignment
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2000-116 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
31 Mar 2000
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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