The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a difference in stability between shoe wearing and non-shoe wearing individuals. Twenty shoe wearing and twenty non-shoe wearing subjects between the ages of 18 and 30 performed balance tasks under six altered sensory conditions using a commercial balance system. Analysis of variance results indicated there was no difference in stability between the shoe wearing and non-shoe wearing groups in each condition. There was a significant (p < .05) condition effect. The results of this study demonstrates that non-shoe wearing does not influence the somatosensory system's ability to maintain an individual's stability.
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