Evidence Based Research

As part of the evolving science of biomechanics it is important to continually keep abreast of the current research and concepts. Below you will find downloads of current open access research papers (sadly a great many excellent research projects are only accessible via pay-per-read, although their summaries are often available).

A case-series study to explore the efficacy of foot
orthoses in treating first metatarsophalangeal
joint pain

  Orthotics and knee osteoarthritis (274.7 KiB, 1,830 hits)

  Aetiology and risk factors of musculoskeletal disorders in physically active conscripts (469.2 KiB, 1,853 hits)

  Age-related differences in walking stability (142.0 KiB, 3,670 hits)

  Annual consultation prevalence of regional musculoskeletal problems in primary care (150.6 KiB, 1,321 hits)

  Effects of low-dye taping on plantar pressure (652.8 KiB, 1,579 hits)

  Foot orthoses- how much customisation is necessary (162.9 KiB, 873 hits)

  High-arched runners exhibit increased leg stiffness compared to low-arched runners (123.8 KiB, 2,635 hits)

  Correction via surgery for club foot in older children (1.1 MiB, 2,011 hits)

  Idiopathic toe walking and sensory processing dysfunction (223.5 KiB, 1,089 hits)

  Interventions for treating acute and chronic Achilles tendinitis (Review) (401.8 KiB, 4,876 hits)

  Lower extremity stiffness: implications for performance and injury (277.1 KiB, 1,249 hits)

  Diagnostic imaging for chronic plantar heel pain: a systematic review (1.2 MiB, 1,350 hits)

  The Impact of Custom Semirigid Foot Orthotics on Pain and Disability for Individuals With Plantar Fasciitis (120.3 KiB, 692 hits)

  The Effect of Foot Orthoses on Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (87.4 KiB, 788 hits)

  Effects of Foot Orthoses on Quality of Life for Individuals With Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (566.6 KiB, 939 hits)

  Is There Proof in theEvidence-Based Literature that Custom Orthoses Work (2.8 MiB, 1,362 hits)

  Problem feet in children (2.0 MiB, 2,315 hits)

  Distribution and correlates of plantar hyperkeratotic lesions in older people (258.3 KiB, 884 hits)

Abstracts of useful research articles:

Surgery was more effective than orthosis for hallux valgus:
Torkki M, Malmivaara A, Seitsalo S, et al. Surgery vs orthosis vs watchful waiting for hallux valgus. A randomized control trial. JAMA 2001 May 16;285:2474–80.

Useful search results from Google Scholar:

Plantar Fasciitis: Evidence-Based
Review of Diagnosis and Therapy