User needs of women with pes planus in their 50s and 60s for compression pants development

Sojung Lee, Dong Eun Kim

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This study examined user needs for compression pant development for women with pes planus in their 50s and 60s. A total of 355 women aged 50 to 69 participated in the survey and interview. Questions were asked if they had pes planus, the using condition of foot orthotic, inconveniences during gait, and wearing condition of compression pants. The results showed that 42 (11.8%) women had pes planus. Orthotic insole and arch support were used most frequently. The most uncomfortable aspect of foot orthotic (n=146) was that it was difficult to use unless they were going outside. Participants with pes planus responded that they felt discomfort on the inner area of propodium, metatarsus, ankle, and knee during gait. The purchase and wearing rate of compression pants were not high; however, compression pants were purchased with specific needs and purposes. Respondents mainly wore the compression pants for sports activities. M size was the most frequently worn size. They preferred high waist type leggings and there was a need to increase the compression strength of the waist, thigh, knee and ankle. Additionally, the ease of donning and doffing were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-432
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2017

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  • Compression wear
  • Functional garment
  • Gait
  • Pes planus
  • Wearing condition


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