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Effect of work boot type on work footwear habits, lower limb pain and perceptions of work boot fit and comfort in underground coal miners.

Abstract Lower limb injuries are highly prevalent in underground coal mining. Wearing gumboots with inadequate ankle support was thought to contribute to these injuries. Despite the uptake of leather lace-up boots, which provide more ankle support, no recent research could be found investigating the effect of this alternative work boot in underground coal mining. Consequently, this study aimed to determine whether boot type (gumboot, leather lace-up boot) influenced work footwear habits, foot problems, lower limb pain, lower back pain, or perceptions of work boot fit and comfort in underground coal miners. Chi-squared tests were applied to 358 surveys completed by underground coal miners to determine whether responses differed significantly (p < 0.05) according to boot-type. There were no significant between-boot differences in regards to the presence of foot problems, lower limb pain or lower back pain. However, the types of foot problems and locations of foot pain differed according to boot type. Gumboot wearers were also more likely to state that their work boot comfort was either 'uncomfortable' or 'indifferent', their work boot fit was 'poor' and their current boot did not provide enough support. The introduction of more structured leather lace-up boots appears to have positively influenced the support and fit provided by mining work boots, although foot problems, lower limb pain and lower back pain continue to be reported. Further investigation is recommended to identify which specific boot design features caused these observed differences in work boot fit, comfort and locations of foot pain and how these design features can be manipulated to create an underground coal mining work boot that is comfortable and reduces the high incidence of foot problems and lower limb pain suffered by underground coal miners.
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Mayor MeshTerms

Coal Mining

Consumer Behavior

Shoes

Keywords

Boots

Comfort

Fit

Mining

Pain

Journal Title applied ergonomics
Publication Year Start




PMID- 28166873
OWN - NLM
STAT- MEDLINE
DA  - 20170207
DCOM- 20170222
LR  - 20170222
IS  - 1872-9126 (Electronic)
IS  - 0003-6870 (Linking)
VI  - 60
DP  - 2017 Apr
TI  - Effect of work boot type on work footwear habits, lower limb pain and perceptions
      of work boot fit and comfort in underground coal miners.
PG  - 146-153
LID - S0003-6870(16)30252-6 [pii]
LID - 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.11.008 [doi]
AB  - Lower limb injuries are highly prevalent in underground coal mining. Wearing
      gumboots with inadequate ankle support was thought to contribute to these
      injuries. Despite the uptake of leather lace-up boots, which provide more ankle
      support, no recent research could be found investigating the effect of this
      alternative work boot in underground coal mining. Consequently, this study aimed 
      to determine whether boot type (gumboot, leather lace-up boot) influenced work
      footwear habits, foot problems, lower limb pain, lower back pain, or perceptions 
      of work boot fit and comfort in underground coal miners. Chi-squared tests were
      applied to 358 surveys completed by underground coal miners to determine whether 
      responses differed significantly (p &lt; 0.05) according to boot-type. There were no
      significant between-boot differences in regards to the presence of foot problems,
      lower limb pain or lower back pain. However, the types of foot problems and
      locations of foot pain differed according to boot type. Gumboot wearers were also
      more likely to state that their work boot comfort was either 'uncomfortable' or
      'indifferent', their work boot fit was 'poor' and their current boot did not
      provide enough support. The introduction of more structured leather lace-up boots
      appears to have positively influenced the support and fit provided by mining work
      boots, although foot problems, lower limb pain and lower back pain continue to be
      reported. Further investigation is recommended to identify which specific boot
      design features caused these observed differences in work boot fit, comfort and
      locations of foot pain and how these design features can be manipulated to create
      an underground coal mining work boot that is comfortable and reduces the high
      incidence of foot problems and lower limb pain suffered by underground coal
      miners.
CI  - Copyright (c) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
FAU - Dobson, Jessica A
AU  - Dobson JA
AD  - Biomechanics Research Laboratory, School of Medicine, Faculty of Science,
      Medicine &amp; Health, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia. Electronic
      address: jd225@uowmail.edu.au.
FAU - Riddiford-Harland, Diane L
AU  - Riddiford-Harland DL
AD  - Biomechanics Research Laboratory, School of Medicine, Faculty of Science,
      Medicine &amp; Health, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia.
FAU - Bell, Alison F
AU  - Bell AF
AD  - Biomechanics Research Laboratory, School of Medicine, Faculty of Science,
      Medicine &amp; Health, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia.
FAU - Steele, Julie R
AU  - Steele JR
AD  - Biomechanics Research Laboratory, School of Medicine, Faculty of Science,
      Medicine &amp; Health, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia.
LA  - eng
PT  - Journal Article
DEP - 20161203
PL  - England
TA  - Appl Ergon
JT  - Applied ergonomics
JID - 0261412
SB  - IM
MH  - Adult
MH  - Choice Behavior
MH  - *Coal Mining
MH  - *Consumer Behavior
MH  - Female
MH  - Humans
MH  - Low Back Pain/*epidemiology
MH  - Lower Extremity
MH  - Male
MH  - Middle Aged
MH  - Musculoskeletal Pain/*epidemiology
MH  - Occupational Diseases/*epidemiology
MH  - Perception
MH  - Protective Clothing
MH  - *Shoes
OTO - NOTNLM
OT  - Boots
OT  - Comfort
OT  - Fit
OT  - Mining
OT  - Pain
EDAT- 2017/02/09 06:00
MHDA- 2017/02/23 06:00
CRDT- 2017/02/08 06:00
PHST- 2016/06/29 [received]
PHST- 2016/11/11 [revised]
PHST- 2016/11/14 [accepted]
AID - S0003-6870(16)30252-6 [pii]
AID - 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.11.008 [doi]
PST - ppublish
SO  - Appl Ergon. 2017 Apr;60:146-153. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.11.008. Epub 2016 Dec
      3.

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