Heel pressure ulcers are associated with significant
morbidity. There are sparse data regarding the basic etiology of heel ulcers and efficacy of prevention
aids such as heel padding devices. We explored
the effects of foot posture and different padding devices
on soft tissue deformations using magnetic resonance
imaging (MRI). We found that when the foot
is in external rotation, skin tissue deformations are
significantly greater than when the foot is upright.
Heel padding devices have a significant effect on reducing
internal soft tissue deformations. This study
shows that MRI is a powerful tool in assessing the biomechanical
performances of heel padding devices.
Volume 50 Number 8, 2013
Pages 1149 — 1156
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