Pedal Alignment
Radiographic Evaluation of Weightbearing Orthotics and Their Effect on Flexible Pes Planus

D. Robert Kuhn, DC, Nofa J. Shibley, DC, William Austin, DC and Terry R. Yochum, DC

Objective:
To determine whether any positive change in the alignment of the bones of the feet occur with the use of Foot Levelers custom-made flexible orthotics, cast by weight bearing, in individuals having flexible pes planus.


Methods:

Anteroposterior and lateral radiographs were obtained with and without orthotics in place. The anteroposterior and lateral talocalcaneal angles and the lateral pitch of both the left and right foot were assessed.


Results:

The radiographic measurements indicated statistically significant improvements in weightbearing foot alignment with the use of Foot Levelers orthotics.


Discussion:

Biomechanical faults in the pedal foundation can adversely affect any of the joints and structures of the foot/ankle complex, lower extremities, pelvis and spine.


Conclusion:

This study supports the use of Foot Levelers custom-made flexible orthotics for the improvement of pedal structural alignment.

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