By Stude DE, Gullickson J.
Objective. This investigation evaluated the effects of orthotic intervention on gait patterns and fatigue associated with nine holes of simulated golf.
Methods. Gait was assessed before and after nine holes of simulated golf, utilizing video freeze-frame analysis. Subjects wore Foot Levelers custom- made, flexible orthotics daily for six weeks and then gait was reassessed. Fatigue was introduced by having participants complete a nine-hole round of golf, before and after wearing Foot Levelers orthotics.
Results. Foot Levelers orthotics had a positive influence on stride length and pelvic rotation, components of gait, symmetry of gait movements, and reduced the effects of fatigue.
Discussion. The foot and ankle have considerable potential for influencing the function of areas above the lower extremity. Foot Levelers have already been shown to improve balance, proprioception, and osseous alignment, suggesting that foot function can influence whole-person activities.
Conclusion. After wearing Foot Levelers orthotics for a six-week period, test subjects demonstrated a 29 percent to 36 percent average increase in pelvic rotation, with similar changes in stride length. Orthotics also reduced the effects of fatigue.
1J Manip Physiol Ther. 2001; 24(4):279-287.
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