Journal of Foot and Ankle Research

The Minimalist Index for running shoes

August 27, 2015

One of the problems with running shoe research is that different running shoe manufacturers use a different set of design features to try and achieve the same effect.

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The relationship between paediatric foot posture and body mass index: do heavier children really have flatter feet?

August 27, 2015

Background: Several studies have found positive correlation between flatfeet and increased body mass in children. One study, utilizing a differing method of foot posture assessment, found the inverse

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Driving safety: The effects of lower extremity impairment

August 25, 2015

The question of when or if it’s safe for patients to drive after surgery or while wearing a lower extremity orthotic device is one practitioners should address. But, in the absence of formal guideĀ­lines, clinicians’ advice is often inconsistent.

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Long-term functional and radiographic outcomes in 243 operated ankle fractures

August 25, 2015

Background: Large comparative studies that have evaluated long-term functional outcome of operatively treated ankle fractures are lacking. This study was performed to analyse the influence of several combinations of malleolar fractures on long-term functional outcome and development of osteoarthritis

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Insertional Achilles tendinopathy is associated with arthritic changes of the posterior calcaneal cartilage: a retrospective study

August 25, 2015

Background: To characterize the histological changes within the posterior calcaneal cartilage in patients with insertional Achilles tendinopathy (IAT) and test the relationships between severity of the histological changes and level of functional impairment. Methods: Sixteen posterior calcaneal wall specimens of patients with IAT who had posterior calcaneal ostectomy were investigated. Hematoxylin-eosin stain, Toluidine-blue stain, Polarized light microscopy, and Masson Trichrome stain were used to characterize histological changes.

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Definition and rating scale for minimalist shoes

August 20, 2015

A consensus definition and rating scale for minimalist shoes Jean-Francois Esculer, Blaise Dubois, Clermont E.

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Foot loading is different in people with and without pincer nails: a case control study

August 19, 2015

Background: Recent studies suggest that pincer nails are caused by lack of upward mechanical forces on the toe pad. However, clinically significant pincer nails are also often observed among healthy walkers

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A consensus definition and rating scale for minimalist shoes

August 19, 2015

Background: While minimalist running shoes may have an influence on running biomechanics and on the incidence of overuse injuries, the term “minimalist” is currently used without standardisation.

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Dynamic arch height in runners differs significantly from static measurement

August 18, 2015

Dynamic measures of arch height in runners are significantly different from static measures, according to research from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The investigators assessed 16 healthy college-aged runners, who ran an average of 15 to 30 miles per week. Arch height was assessed using the Oxford Foot Model with the participants barefoot, first while standing on a treadmill and then while jogging; the dynamic measurement was taken at the point of peak knee flexion.

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Footwear difficulties in people with plantar heel pain

August 18, 2015

Determinants of footwear difficulties in people with plantar heel pain Justin Sullivan, Evangelos Pappas, Roger Adams, Jack Crosbie and Joshua Burns Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2015, 8:40 doi:10.1186/s13047-015-0102-9 Quote: Background Plantar heel pain is a common foot disorder aggravated by weight-bearing activity. Despite considerable focus on therapeutic interventions such as orthoses, there has been limited investigation of footwear-related issues in people with plantar heel pain

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