Thompson Triangle Script
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Scott-Welcome to Western Walks. The course you have selected today is Thompson
Triangle. The Thompson Triangle starts behind the two concrete benches across the
street from the west side of Wagner Hall. The Triangle is approximately 763 steps or one
quarter of a mile long. Start your walk directly behind the bench’s and head in the
direction of Thompson Hall. To make sure you are traveling on the correct sidewalk, the
sand volleyball court should be directly on your left. Upon reaching Thompson turn left
and head towards Higgins Hall. As you approach Higgins you can go right and head over
the bridge to Higgins or turn left and head back towards Wagner. Turn left and head
back towards Wagner and the original starting point. The walk will take at or around six
minutes, feel free to take more then one lap as you listen to our show.
Scott-Hello my name is Scott Mezzano.
Mike-Greetings and salutations my name is Mike Wilson.
Scott-Welcome to “Walk and Talk,” we are senior Kinesiology students here at Western
Illinois University. Today we will be joined by Dr. Michael Bonhe, a professor from the
department of Kinesiology. We will be discussing with Dr. Bonhe about walking and
how one’s walk is affected by their gait.
Scott- Hello Dr. Bonhe, thank you for joining us today on “Walk and Talk.” Dr. Bonhe
tell us a little bit about walking and our gait.
Bonhe-Well Scott, gait is any type of movement on foot. Gait is the single most complex
motor function in the human body. It involves half of the bodies’ muscles and bones,
along with a large share of joints and ligaments.
Mike-Hello Dr. Bonhe, Mike Wilson here. I would also like to thank you for joining us
today. When talking of walking in general, shoes have to come to everyone’s mind at
some point. What is the role of our shoes related to our walking gait?
Bonhe-Our gait applies directly to our shoes, because every step either walking or
running, jumping or hopping, or whatever you my be doing, as the foot hits the ground
and rolls through the motion there will be a force sent up the leg to the ankle, knee, and
hip and so forth and if this force is not well balanced there can be increased stress at any
one of those points and after several hundreds and thousands and millions of steps any
incorrect steps or any incorrect torques and that produced in the joints can cause…
Mike-Dr. Bohne, your microphone cut-out there at the end sorry, so you were saying
incorrect torque can cause injury, very interesting. How about we let are listeners enjoy
a quick song and we will return to “Walk and Talk,” with some more question for
Kinesiology professor, Dr. Mike Bonhe.
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Mike-Hope everyone enjoyed the song. Dr. Bonhe before our break, you spoke on how
stress is transferred up our leg to the rest of our body. Exactly what kind of stress can the
body experience with an incorrect walking gait?
Bonhe-Walkers should check the bottom of an old pair of shoes, if we seen any abnormal
trends in the shoes or we see one wearing out more than the other or you see one side of
the shoe wearing out more than the other it can be an indication of potential problems
with your gait patterns. If the tread is worn out more on the inside of the shoe it means
the feet are rolling more inward, this is known as pronation. The feet rolling inward
actually is a result of flattened arches, which often times can be caused by the pelvis
being tilted or any number of other problems with in the gait pattern. And this can lead
to tightening in the lower back, discomfort, pain etc. Usually discontinuation of the
walking pattern. If the tread is worn more to the outside of the shoe, the feet are
excessively rolling towards the outside, this is known as supination and excessive
supination impairs the body’s ability to absorb shock. So we may be seeing more forces
at the ankle and knee where we are now seeing a lot more compressions and pain and
injury in those joints as opposed to when we go through a normal walking pattern where
we actually see the outside of the heel should kind of roll through to over to the big toe
Scott- Dr. Bonhe, if someone is suffering from either pronation or supination what can
they do to prevent this?
Bonhe- It’s best to find a shoe that will match your walk or the individuals walk. Shoes
are designed to control over pronation or over supination they really can be designed in
any way and each of the manufacturers has specific shoes for just that, but the walkers
should talk to the shoe store and hopefully somebody there and if you’re experiencing a
lot of pain in the walking you may want to go to a specialty shop where they actually
measure your gait patterns and how you’re walking. But really you really want some
shoes that will fit your walking style that you’re comfortable with and you can walk in
Scott-I have one more question for you Dr. Bohne. What else should a walker look for
when buying a walking shoe?
Bonhe- Well first thing you want to do when trying on a new pair of shoes, you want to
have the situation you’re trying on the pair of shoes in as natural to the walking as can be
so bring socks that you would normally wear not just walking in, in flip flops and using
the little nylon socks that they’re wearing but socks that you would actually go walking
in. So you should bring those and you should look at a shoe about half a size larger
because the feet tend to swell during walking much as every other tissue in the body as it
heats up it begins to swell a little bit and you may see a little bit of a fluid retention there.
Finally if you have wide or narrow feet, you wanna look at the width differences between
brands and again you want the shoes to fit your individual walking style.
Mike-Dr. Bohne I also have one final question for you. Are you aware of any new hot
styles of walking shoes coming to consumers soon?
Bohne- You know all of the major shoe manufacturers are producing so many different
types of specialty shoes and sports specific shoes and so really you just want to get the
shoe that is gonna fit whatever activity you’re doing so consumers having so many
different choices in walking shoes you cant really go wrong unless you have shoes that
are really kind of hurting your feet.
Mike-Well thank you again Dr. Bohne, for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk
with us today on “Walk and Talk.”
Scott-Yes thank you Dr. Bohne, this information was both entertaining and educational.
Bohne-Yeah, thank you both for having me, I enjoyed it very much.
Mike-That concludes “Walk and Talk,” thank you all for listening.
Scott-If we don’t talk to you sooner, we will definitely talk to you later.
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