Foot position tends to be sensed as more medial than the actual foot position

Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Hiroshi Fujimoto, Kimitaka Nakazawa, Masami Akai

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Participants placed different parts of their foot as close as possible to a target line without stepping onto it while wearing modified goggles that obscured their view of their feet. Once they felt that their foot was appropriately placed, the distance between their foot and the target line was measured. Participants tended to step 20-30 mm over the target line when asked to place the most lateral part of their foot near the target line and tended to place their foot 20-30 mm away from the target line when asked to place the most medial part of their foot near the target line. These results indicate that the placed feet shifted more laterally than sensed, which may explain unexpected tripping during walking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-443
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Motor Behavior
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct 1



  • Falling
  • Foot position
  • Proprioception
  • Tripping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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