- Poster presentation
- Open Access
The influence of corpulence on the mechanical properties of the human heel fat pad in elderly
© Lindner et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012
- Published: 10 April 2012
- Mechanical Property
- Impact Velocity
- Elderly Person
- Thickness Variable
The human heel fat pad (HFP) is an effective shock absorber . A remodelling of body fat begins from the fifth decade of the human life. Diet may negatively influence this distribution and consequently lead to corpulence in elderly persons. Alcantara and colleges reported that fat content in the HFP increases with obesity . Hence, the purpose of this investigation was to determine the effect of corpulence on the mechanical properties of the HFP in elderly. We hypothesized, that corpulence alters mechanical properties of the HFP compared to normal weighted elderly persons.
Thickness variables of corpulent subjects were significantly higher compared to the non-corpulent. The stiffness was found to have a nonlinear behaviour in which corpulent subjects show lower stiffness in the final stage. There was no significant difference in ε.
Increased HFP thickness is an adaption process to increased body weight, suggesting that an accumulation of fat cells with good blood supply at micro chamber structure may have occurred. This process protects the macro chamber structure of the HFP against overload that is transferred by micro chambers. Therefore, the micro chamber structure of corpulent elderly may be mechanically more sensitive and damageable than in non-corpulent subjects.
- Robbins SE, Gouw GJ, Hanna AM: Running-related injury prevention through innate impact moderating behavior. Med Sci Sport Exer. 1989, 21: 130-139.Google Scholar
- Alcántara E, Forner A, Ferrús E, García AC, Ramiro J: Influence of age, gender, and obesity on the mechanical properties of the heel pad under walking impact conditions. J Appl Biomech. 2002, 18: 335-345.Google Scholar
This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.