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Nicholas A Campitelli, Scott A Spencer, Kaitlyn Bernhard, Kristen Heard, Alan Kidon
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the effect of Vibram FiveFingers Bikila minimalist shoes on intrinsic foot musculature. We hypothesized that a gradual transition into minimalist shoes will increase the thickness of the abductor hallucis muscle. METHODS: Forty-one individuals were divided into four groups: control (traditional shod) (n = 9), restricted walking in Vibram FiveFingers (n = 11), running in Vibram FiveFingers (n = 10), and unlimited walking in Vibram FiveFingers (n = 11)...
September 2, 2016: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Joanne Paton, Sam Glasser, Richard Collings, Jon Marsden
BACKGROUND: Over 1 in 3 older people with diabetes sustain a fall each year. Postural instability has been identified as independent risk factor for falls within people with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN). People with DPN, at increased risk of falls, are routinely required to wear offloading insoles, yet the impact of these insoles on postural stability and postural control is unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a standard offloading insole and its constituent parts on the balance in people with DPN...
2016: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Pina Violano, Linda Roney, Kirsten Bechtel
BACKGROUND: Pedestrians distracted by digital devices or other activities are at a higher risk of injury as they cross streets. We sought to describe the incidence of pedestrians distracted by digital devices or other activities at two highly traveled urban intersections after the implementation of a pedestrian safety intervention at one of the intersections. METHODS: This was an observational field study of two urban intersections. Two investigators were stationed at each of the four corners of the intersection...
December 2015: Injury Epidemiology
Anita Raspovic, Kate Waller, Wan Mun Wong
AIM: Felt padding is used to offload diabetes-related foot ulceration although limited quality data exists to support its use. This study aimed to quantify pressure offloading from neuropathic plantar foot ulcers in a clinical setting, when felt padding is first applied and after wear. METHODS: This study used a within-subjects, repeated measures design. Data was collected in a high-risk foot service. Peak plantar pressures, contact area and contact time were measured in 15 diabetes subjects with 16 non-complicated plantar neuropathic foot ulcers, with: no felt padding, newly applied felt padding and felt padding after one week of wear...
September 28, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Roberto E Quesada, Joshua M Caputo, Steven H Collins
Amputees using passive ankle-foot prostheses tend to expend more metabolic energy during walking than non-amputees, and reducing this cost has been a central motivation for the development of active ankle-foot prostheses. Increased push-off work at the end of stance has been proposed as a way to reduce metabolic energy use, but the effects of push-off work have not been tested in isolation. In this experiment, participants with unilateral transtibial amputation (N=6) walked on a treadmill at a constant speed while wearing a powered prosthesis emulator...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
K J Lee, S H Lee, M B Kim, Y H Lee
PURPOSE: We report the clinical outcome after coverage for soft-tissue defect on the medial foot and ankle with an adipofascial fold-down flap based on the posterior tibial artery perforator branch proximal to the defect. MATERIALS: Nine patients (five males and four females) with soft-tissue defects on the medial foot and ankle area underwent the procedure from March 2009 to May 2014. The average age of the patients was 54 years (range, 8-82). The pivot point of transposition of this flap is the posterior tibial artery perforator proximal to the defect...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
I S Hettigama, H K G Punchihewa, N K Heenkenda
BACKGROUND: Foot ailments are common among schoolchildren, some of which may be attributed to wearing ill-fitting footwear. As schoolchildren often participate in athletic activity, they are doubly vulnerable to foot ailments, and are particularly vulnerable to conditions such as hallux valgus, Achilles tendonitis, athlete's foot, corns and calluses. Thus, there is an acute need for the design and manufacture of ergonomic footwear for this target group. While research on appropriate footwear for children has been carried out in relation to child populations in other societies, research on the circumstances of Sri Lankan schoolchildren is lacking...
September 29, 2016: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
Catherine Bowen, Ann Ashburn, Mark Cole, Margaret Donovan-Hall, Malcolm Burnett, Judy Robison, Louis Mamode, Ruth Pickering, Dan Bader, Dorit Kunkel
BACKGROUND: Ill-fitting shoes have been implicated as a risk factor for falls but research to date has focused on people with arthritis, diabetes and the general older population; little is known about people with neurological conditions. This survey for people with stroke and Parkinson's explored people's choice of indoor and outdoor footwear, foot problems and fall history. METHODS: Following ethical approval, 1000 anonymous postal questionnaires were distributed to health professionals, leads of Parkinson's UK groups and stroke clubs in the wider Southampton area, UK...
2016: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Samia Frioui Mahmoudi, Emna Toulgui, Sonia Jemni, Khalil Ben Jeddou, Mariem Gaddour, Afif Zaoui, Faycel Khachnaoui
OBJECTIVE: To talk through our observation and a review of the literature about radiological features and diagnostic difficulties of this particular form of disk migration. OBSERVATIONS: We report the case of a 29 year-old patient who presented following the wearing of a heavy load bilateral acute lombosciatalgies associated with a deficit of both lower limbs and urinary incontinence. Clinical examination revealed a motor deficit of sural triceps and foot relievers estimated1 in bilateral, hypoesthesia of the anterolateral side of the two legs and the feet, low bone tendon reflexes were abolished, anesthesia in the saddle, hypotonic anal sphincter and bladder distension...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Nathaly Quintero-Prigent, Caroline Radot, Marion Fiat, Malak Fahny, Naima Brennetot
OBJECTIVE: Fibular hemimelia or longitudinal fibular deficiency is the most frequent congenital malformation of lower limbs. It causes sometimes major limbs shortening. Different treatments could be considered depending on the severity of the malformation: contralateral epiphysiodesis, corrective foot and knee osteotomies, leg-lengthening surgery with external fixation, prosthesis. For the most severe cases (15-20cm bone length discrepancies or unstable knee or foot), leg-lengthening surgery with external fixation is not recommended...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Rémi Barrois, Damien Ricard, Laurent Oudre, Leila Tlili, Clément Provost, Pierre-Paul Vidal, Alain Yelnik
OBJECTIVE: Fall is a common complication in post-stroke populations and more likely occurs in left paretic (LP) than in right paretic patients (RP). Since kinematic characteristics of post-stroke patients' turn have not been clearly established, the goal of this study was to analyze with inertial measurement units (IMUs) spontaneous and constraint 180° turn in those patients and in aged matched healthy controls (HC). MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: Seventeen RP patients (43 to 73 years, mean 57...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Kenate Bekele, Kebede Deribe, Tsige Amberbir, Geleta Tadele, Gail Davey, Abdi Samuel
OBJECTIVE: Podoconiosis is a neglected tropical disease characterised by a slowly progressive swelling of the foot and lower leg. It is prevalent among subsistence barefoot farmers who live and work in highland areas of the tropics. This study was conducted in Wayu Tuka 'woreda' (district), western Ethiopia to determine the prevalence of podoconiosis and assess factors associated with acute adenolymphangitis (ALA) episodes. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A two phase, community-based cross-sectional study was conducted between January and March 2015...
2016: BMJ Open
Paolo Caravaggi, Alessia Giangrande, Giada Lullini, Giuseppe Padula, Lisa Berti, Alberto Leardini
Health and safety regulations in many countries require workers at risk to wear safety shoes in a factory environment. These shoes are often heavy, rigid, and uncomfortable. Wearing safety shoes daily leads to foot problems, discomfort and fatigue, resulting also in the loss of numerous working days. Currently, knowledge of the biomechanical effects of insoles in safety shoes, during working activities, is very limited. Seventeen workers from a metalworking factory were selected and clinically examined for any foot conditions...
September 11, 2016: Gait & Posture
Ilias Katsougrakis, Alexandros P Apostolopoulos, Samantha Z Tross
UNLABELLED: Femoral-neck stress fractures are relatively rare and may present as sports-related injuries. The presentation is variable, and prompt diagnosis facilitates the earliest return to pre-morbid functional activity levels. Delayed detection may precipitate femoral non-union or avascular necrosis, resulting in long-term functional deficit. AIMS: We describe the clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic approach of a femoral-neck stress fracture that occurred in a 28-year-old female recreational runner...
2016: Journal of Long-term Effects of Medical Implants
Laura E Sansosti, Zinnia M Rocha, Matthew W Lawrence, Andrew J Meyr
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Immobilization devices such as surgical shoes and walking boots are commonly prescribed by podiatric physicians in the treatment of a variety of lower extremity pathologies and during the post-operative recovery period, but may have the potential to affect a patient’s ability to maintain a safe level of control over the accelerator and brake pedals while operating an automobile. The objective of this investigation was to assess driving outcomes in a group of healthy participants under variable foot wear conditions...
September 2016: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Malindu E Fernando, Robert G Crowther, Peter A Lazzarini, Kunwarjit S Sangla, Scott Wearing, Petra Buttner, Jonathan Golledge
BACKGROUND: Current international guidelines advocate achieving at least a 30 % reduction in maximum plantar pressure to reduce the risk of foot ulcers in people with diabetes. However, whether plantar pressures differ in cases with foot ulcers to controls without ulcers is not clear. The aim of this study was to assess if plantar pressures were higher in patients with active plantar diabetic foot ulcers (cases) compared to patients with diabetes without a foot ulcer history (diabetes controls) and people without diabetes or a foot ulcer history (healthy controls)...
September 15, 2016: BMC Endocrine Disorders
Ulysses Fernandes Ervilha, Luis Mochizuki, Aylton Figueira, Joseph Hamill
This study aimed to investigate the activation of lower limb muscles during barefoot and shod running with forefoot or rearfoot footfall patterns. Nine habitually shod runners were asked to run straight for 20 m at self-selected speed. Ground reaction forces and thigh and shank muscle surface electromyographic (EMG) were recorded. EMG outcomes (EMG intensity [iEMG], latency between muscle activation and ground reaction force, latency between muscle pairs and co-activation index between muscle pairs) were compared across condition (shod and barefoot), running cycle epochs (pre-strike, strike, propulsion) and footfall (rearfoot and forefoot) by ANOVA...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
Hwan Choi, Tishya Anne Leong Wren, Katherine Muterspaugh Steele
BACKGROUND: Many individuals with cerebral palsy wear ankle foot orthoses during daily life. Orthoses influence joint motion, but how they impact muscle remains unclear. In particular, the gastrocnemius is commonly stiff in cerebral palsy. Understanding whether orthoses stretch or shorten this muscle during daily life may inform orthosis design and rehabilitation. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the impact of different ankle foot orthoses on gastrocnemius operating length during walking in children with cerebral palsy...
September 9, 2016: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
Giuseppe Restuccia, Alessandro Lippi, Francesco Casella, Gisberto Evangelisti, Carmine Citarelli, Maurizio Benifei
The peroneal tubercle is an osseous prominence present on the calcaneus bone at the junction between the middle and the anterior third of its lateral surface. It is a bony septum which divides the tendons of the peroneus brevis and the peroneus longus and offers insertion to the inferior peroneal retinaculum. A hypertrophy of this prominence causes pain in the lateral and the posterior part of the foot while wearing shoes, rarely peroneal tenosynovitis can even cause it to break. In the following pages, we will describe a case of peroneal tubercle hypertrophy, visible even at clinical examination, in a 26-year-old male patient without apparent causes nor previous trauma...
September 10, 2016: Surgical Technology International
Shane R Wurdeman, Kendra K Schmid, Sara A Myers, Adam L Jacobsen, Nicholas Stergiou
OBJECTIVE: To determine changes in average daily step count (ADSC) and 6-minute walk test (6MWT) due to use of low-activity feet (LA) and high-activity energy-storage-and-return (ESAR) feet, and examine the sensitivity of these measures to properly classify different prosthetic feet. DESIGN: Individuals with transtibial amputations (n = 28) participated in a 6-week, randomized crossover study. During separate 3-week periods, participants wore either a LA foot (eg, solid-ankle-cushioned-heel) or an ESAR foot...
August 31, 2016: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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