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Table 4 The recruits’ complaints associated with wearing NDIB in Phase 3 of the study with HWIB in Phase 2 of the study

From: The search for the best infantry boot

Problem Number of complaints (%)
  HWIB NDIB
General complaints   
Pain 3 (9 %) 3 (3 %)
Not comfortable 0 9 (10 %)
Too stiff 0 3 (3 %)
Too heavy 0 2 (2 %)
No room for orthotics 0 4 (4 %)
Generally tight 3 (9 %) 1 (1 %)
Not suitable for running 1 (3 %) 2 (2 %)
Foot not stable in boot 0 3 (3 %)
Pain on prolonged standing 1 (3 %) 9 (10 %)
Takes time to accommodate 3 (9 %) 0
Too narrow 1 (3 %) 0
Heel problems   
Abrasions 11 (33 %) 8 (9 %)
Pressure 4 (12 %) 9 (10 %)
Blisters 0 1 (1 %)
Midfoot problems   
Pressure over bunion 1 (3 %) 0
Pressure over 1st MT head 0 11 (12 %)
Pressure over MT heads 2 (6 %) 2 (2 %)
Toe problems   
Pressure 1 (3 %) 4 (4 %)
Abrasions 1 (3 %) 3 (3 %)
Blisters 0 1 (1 %)
Ankle problems   
Pressure 1 (3 %) 5 (5 %)
Pain 0 1 (1 %)
Sprain ankle 0 1 (1 %)
Boot lacing system   
Lacing problems 0 3 (3 %)
Lace hook detached 0 1 (1 %)
Lace associated wounds 0 4 (5 %)
Pressure under hooks 0 1 (1 %)
Pressure at ankle 0 2 (2 %)
Total number 33 (100 %) 93 (100 %)
Number of recruits with at least 1 complaint 28 (38 %) 55 (85 %)
Total number of recruits 73 65