A clinical longitudinal evaluation of pre-fabricated, semi-rigid foot orthoses prescribed to improve foot function

Springett, K.P., Otter, S.J. and Barry, A. (2007) A clinical longitudinal evaluation of pre-fabricated, semi-rigid foot orthoses prescribed to improve foot function Foot, 17 (4). pp. 184-189. ISSN 0958-2592

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Abstract

Custom-made foot orthoses whilst effective can be expensive and time-consuming to manufacture making ready made devices an attractive option. This study, with follow up after 12 months provides longitudinal data not frequently available. Objectives Longitudinal evaluation of the efficacy of a slim, ready made, 3/4th length semi-rigid foot orthosis. Method Data was collected from 21 participants at baseline, at 4 weeks and via postal questionnaire after 12 months. Powerstep orthoses (Cuxson-Gerrard and Co Ltd., Oldbury, UK) were given to participants with the therapeutic aim of resolving or reducing their lower limb symptoms. Results Participants reported an initial marked decrease in foot pain, found the orthoses fitted in footwear readily, had a sense of increased foot stability and a significant improvement in comfort (p less than 0.0001). Some increase in pain levels reported after 4-weeks (p = 0.01), was accompanied by an equally significant increase in mobility (p = 0.01) which triangulated closely against diary records. After a mean of 15.1 months, 73% of participants still found the orthoses beneficial. Conclusion Participants found ready made orthoses enhanced sense of stability and generally reduced symptoms over a period of at least 1 year.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Orthoses; Foot; Rehabilitation
Subjects:B000 Health Professions > B900 Others in Health Professions > B960 Podiatry
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1016/j.foot.2007.04.005
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Health Professions
ID Code:2520
Deposited By:editor health
Deposited On:24 Oct 2007
Last Modified:27 Jun 2013 10:39

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