Rigid versus soft foot orthoses. A single subject design.

T. G. McPoil, Mark W Cornwall

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The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of rigid and soft foot orthoses on forefoot and rearfoot forces in a 20-year-old female runner with a history of tibial and metatarsal stress fractures. The results of this study indicate that a soft orthosis significantly reduced vertical forces through the foot during both walking and running. The authors recommend that proper fabrication materials be considered for those patients with a history of foot or lower extremity problems caused by reduced shock attenuation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)638-642
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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