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Should Colour be Considered as a Significant Design Variable in Foot Orthoses Prescription Writing?

Version 1 : Received: 1 January 2021 / Approved: 4 January 2021 / Online: 4 January 2021 (10:44:06 CET)

How to cite: Spooner, S.; Griffiths, I. Should Colour be Considered as a Significant Design Variable in Foot Orthoses Prescription Writing?. Preprints 2021, 2021010009 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202101.0009.v1). Spooner, S.; Griffiths, I. Should Colour be Considered as a Significant Design Variable in Foot Orthoses Prescription Writing?. Preprints 2021, 2021010009 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202101.0009.v1).

Abstract

Colours act as stimuli capable of inducing physiological and psychological responses, impacting on human life by influencing behaviour, cognition and emotion. Designers frequently draw upon colour association cues in designing products, packaging and marketing materials to exploit the reported human reactions to them. To date, clinicians and foot orthoses manufacturers appear to have given little thought to how the colour of foot orthoses may have impact within the broader context of a biopsychosocial model of healthcare. Here we examine research regarding colour perception and association and provide rationale for how the use of colour in foot orthoses therapy might be better exploited to improve patient outcomes and to form a focus for future research.

Subject Areas

Foot orthoses; Orthotics; Colour psychology; Podiatry; Biopsychosocial

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