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Douglas W Powell, Samantha Andrews, Cris Stickley, D S Blaise Williams
: High- (HA) and low-arched athletes (LA) experience distinct injury patterns. These injuries are the result of the interaction of structure and biomechanics. A suggested mechanism of patellofemoral pain pertains to frontal plane knee moments which may be exaggerated in LA athletes. We hypothesize that LA athletes will exhibit greater peak knee abduction moments than high-arched athletes. METHODS: Twenty healthy female recreational athletes (10HA and 10LA) performed five over-ground barefoot walking and five barefoot running trials at a self-selected velocity while three-dimensional kinematics and ground reaction forces were recorded...
October 13, 2016: Human Movement Science
E López-Gavito, P Parra-Téllez, J Vázquez-Escamilla
Diabetes mellitus is a major chronic degenerative disease, which currently is taking on alarming proportions in the population of our country. Neuropathic arthropathy is one of the most interesting degenerative joint disorders and increasingly common within the orthopedic pathology. It is defined as a progressive degenerative arthropathy, chronic and affecting one or more peripheral joints, and develops as a result of the lack of sensory perception normal in the innervation of joints. As a result the joints of the feet are subjected to trauma and repetitive injury causing a neurotraumatic effect with progressive damage to the joints of the hindfoot, midfoot and forefoot...
January 2016: Acta Ortopédica Mexicana
Elisa S Arch, Bretta L Fylstra
The large, late-stance energy generated by the ankle is believed to be critical during gait. However, the distal foot absorbs/dissipates a considerable amount of energy during the same phase. Thus, the energy generated by the combined ankle-foot system is more modest, which raises questions regarding the necessity of such a large ankle power and the interplay between foot and ankle energetics. This study aimed to evaluate our conservation of energy hypothesis, which predicted if distal foot energy absorption/dissipation was reduced, less energy would be generated at the ankle and thus the same combined ankle-foot energetics would be achieved...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
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
Geisa Maria Campos de Macedo, Samanta Nunes, Tania Barreto
Skin disorders, usually neglected and frequently underdiagnosed among diabetic patients, are common complications and encounter a broad spectrum of disorders in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM)-e.g. cutaneous infection, dry skin, pruritus. Skin disorders are highly associated with increased risk of important outcomes, such as skin lesions, ulcerations and diabetic foot, which can lead to major complications and revolve around multifactorial factors besides hyperglycemia and advanced glycation end products...
2016: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
Anthony Dugarte, Sahil Bharwani, HoJun Yoo, Alexander Vondra Boiwka, Charles C Yu, Navkirat S Bajwa, Jason O Toy, Jonathan E Tang, Uri Ahn, Nicholas Ahn
Surgical models have best shown the relationship between ankle and mid-foot osteoarthritis, although findings regarding the calcaneocuboid joint have varied. To the authors' knowledge, no studies have evaluated the relationship between degenerative changes across the tibiotalar and calcaneocuboid joints. The goal of this study was to determine whether such a relationship exists and which joint degenerates first. A single examiner evaluated 694 tibiotalar and calcaneocuboid joints to determine the presence of osteoarthritis...
August 30, 2016: Orthopedics
Sarah Prenton, Kristen L Hollands, Laurence P J Kenney
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects on walking of functional electrical stimulation (FES) and ankle foot orthoses for foot-drop of central neurological origin, assessed in terms of unassisted walking behaviours compared with assisted walking following a period of use (combined-orthotic effects). DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, AMED, CINAHL, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Scopus, REHABDATA, PEDro, NIHR Centre for Reviews and Dissemination and clinicaltrials...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
S T J Tsang, D McMorran, L Robinson, J Herman, J E Robb, M S Gaston
The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of combined tibialis anterior tendon shortening (TATS) and calf muscle-tendon lengthening (CMTL) in spastic equinus. Prospectively collected data was analysed in 26 patients with hemiplegic (n=13) and diplegic (n=13) cerebral palsy (CP) (GMFCS level I or II, 14 males, 12 females, age range 10-35 years; mean 16.8 years). All patients had pre-operative 3D gait analysis and a further analysis at a mean of 17.1 months (±5.6months) after surgery. None was lost to follow-up...
August 17, 2016: Gait & Posture
Yu-Ching Lin, John Y Kwon, Mohammad Ghorbanhoseini, Jim S Wu
Flatfoot deformity is a common disorder of the foot and ankle and is caused by loss of the hindfoot arch. Radiologists and clinicians should be familiar with the anatomy and the imaging criteria used to assess injury to the supporting structures. Radiographs and computed tomography are most useful in characterizing the degree of osseous deformity and ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging are most useful in the evaluation of the supporting soft tissue structures. Treatment depends on the clinical symptoms and involves restoring the normal biomechanics of the hindfoot arch through strengthening exercises, foot/ankle orthotics, and surgery...
September 2016: Radiologic Clinics of North America
Evgenia Manousaki, Tomasz Czuba, Gunnar Hägglund, Louise Mattsson, Hanneke Andriesse
Relapse after successful initial correction of idiopathic clubfoot with the Ponseti method is often related to poor compliance with the foot abduction orthosis (FAO). The aim of this study was to evaluate treatment with custom-made dynamic orthoses. Twenty children with idiopathic clubfoot (30feet) who had been treated with dynamic orthoses after the correction phase according to the Ponseti casting technique were evaluated. Relapse rates during orthotic treatment were registered. A Vicon gait analysis system was used to measure gait parameters at the age of seven years...
August 7, 2016: Gait & Posture
Stefan Schmid, Jacqueline Romkes, William R Taylor, Silvio Lorenzetti, Reinald Brunner
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Foot equinus and leg length discrepancy (LLD) are common problems in hemiplegic cerebral palsy (hCP), both causing secondary deviations of pelvic motion during gait. It can therefore be assumed that the spinal deviations observed in hCP patients are secondary as a compensation for the position of the pelvis arising from the disturbed leg function. This study investigated the effects of correcting lower extremity function by orthotics on spinal gait kinematics in hCP patients...
September 2016: Gait & Posture
Lisa Heuch, Judith Streak Gomersall
BACKGROUND: The incidence of foot ulceration related to diabetes is increasing. Many foot care professionals recommend offloading measures as part of management strategies for modulating excess pressure to prevent development of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). These measures may include padding, insoles/orthotic devices and footwear. There is a lack of evidence-based guidance on the effectiveness of the different offloading options for preventing primary ulceration in those with diabetes...
July 2016: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
Andrew J Sheean, David J Tennent, Johnny G Owens, Jason M Wilken, Joseph R Hsu, Daniel J Stinner
BACKGROUND: Fractures of the distal tibia, ankle, and foot sustained through a high-energy mechanism can be extremely debilitating, and ankle and/or subtalar fusion may be indicated if the limb is deemed salvageable. Functional outcomes among this population are often poor. The purposes of this study were to evaluate the effect of an advanced rehabilitation program combined with the use of a custom ankle-foot orthosis for patients with ankle or subtalar fusion on selected physical performance measures and patient-derived outcome measures and to determine if the response to treatment was predicated upon the type of fusion...
August 11, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Thomas G Almonroeder, Lauren C Benson, Kristian M O'Connor
Study Design Controlled laboratory study, cross-sectional. Background Orthotic prescription is often based on the premise that the mechanical effects will be more prominent in individuals with greater calcaneal eversion. Objective To compare the effects of a prefabricated foot orthosis on lower extremity kinematics and kinetics between recreational athletes with high and low calcaneal eversion during running. Methods Thirty-one recreational athletes were included in this study. Three-dimensional kinematic and kinetic data were collected while running with and without a foot orthosis...
September 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Joanne O'Connor, Dorothy McCaughan, Catriona McDaid, Alison Booth, Debra Fayter, Roccio Rodriguez-Lopez, Roy Bowers, Lisa Dyson, Cynthia P Iglesias, Simon Lalor, Rory J O'Connor, Margaret Phillips, Gita Ramdharry
BACKGROUND: Patients who have knee instability that is associated with neuromuscular disease (NMD) and central nervous system (CNS) conditions can be treated using orthoses, such as knee-ankle-foot orthoses (KAFOs). OBJECTIVES: To assess existing evidence on the effectiveness of orthoses; patient perspectives; types of orthotic devices prescribed in the UK NHS; and associated costs. METHODS: Qualitative study of views of orthoses users - a qualitative in-depth interview study was undertaken...
July 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
Soo-Kyung Bok, Hyunkeun Lee, Bong-Ok Kim, Soyoung Ahn, Youngshin Song, Insik Park
Although orthotic modification using the inverted technique is available for the treatment of flatfoot, empirical evidence for the biomechanical effects of inverted-angle foot orthoses (FOs) is lacking. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of different FO inversion angles on plantar pressure during gait in children with flatfoot. Twenty-one children with flexible flatfeet (mean age 9.9 years) were enrolled in this study. The plantar pressures were measured for the rearfoot; medial and lateral midfoot; and medial, central, and lateral forefoot as participants walked on a treadmill while wearing shoes only and shoes with the following 3 orthotic conditions: (i) orthosis with no inverted angle, (ii) orthosis with a 15° inverted angle, and (iii) orthosis with a 30° inverted angle...
2016: PloS One
Eran Tamir, Aharon S Finestone, Erez Avisar, Gabriel Agar
BACKGROUND: Patients with peripheral neuropathy and pressure under a relatively plantar deviated metatarsal head frequently develop plantar foot ulcers. When conservative management with orthotics and shoes does not cure the ulcer, surgical metatarsal osteotomy may be indicated to relieve the pressure and enable the ulcer to heal. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the use of a mini-invasive floating metatarsal osteotomy in treating recalcitrant ulcers or recurrent ulcers plantar to the metatarsal heads in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) related neuropathy...
2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Juan F Vázquez-Costa, Inmaculada Máñez, Ana Alabajos, Maricruz Guevara Salazar, Cristina Roda, Teresa Sevilla
Spasticity can be a very disabling problem in some amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) phenotypes, such as upper motor neuron-dominant ALS (UMN-D ALS) and primary lateral sclerosis (PLS). Our aim is to describe the safety and efficacy of botulinum toxin A (BoTox-A) for improving gait in those ALS phenotypes. UMN-D ALS and PLS outpatients experiencing gait disturbances, secondary to moderate-to-severe spasticity despite optimized oral medication, were offered BoTox-A treatment. Stretching exercises were indicated to complement BoTox-A effect, and ankle-foot orthotics were prescribed when appropriate...
October 2016: Journal of Neurology
Lizeth H Sloot, Lynn Bar-On, Marjolein M van der Krogt, Erwin Aertbeliën, Annemieke I Buizer, Kaat Desloovere, Jaap Harlaar
AIM: We compared the outcomes of manual and motorized instrumented ankle spasticity assessments in children with cerebral palsy (CP). METHOD: Ten children with spastic CP (three males, seven females; mean age 11y [standard deviation 3y], range 6-14y; Gross Motor Function Classification System levels I-III) were included. During motorized assessments, fast (100°/s) rotations were imposed around the ankle joint by a motor-driven footplate; during manual assessments, rotations of comparable speed were applied by a therapist using a foot orthotic...
July 1, 2016: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Alieh Daryabor, Mokhtar Arazpour, Mohammad Samadian, Masoumeh Veiskarami, Monireh Ahmadi Bani
BACKGROUND: Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a progressive growth disease that affects spinal anatomy, mobility, and left-right trunk symmetry. As a consequence, AIS can modify human gait. Spinal orthoses are a commonly used conservative method for the treatment of AIS. OBJECTIVE: This review evaluated the AIS spinal orthosis literature that involved gait and energy consumption evaluations. STUDY DESIGN: Literature review. METHOD: According to the population intervention comparison outcome measure methods and based on selected keywords, 10 studies met the inclusion criteria...
June 13, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
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