A Closer Look At Foot Orthoses For Chronic Ankle Instability

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Douglas Richie, Jr., DPM, FACFAS, FAAPSM

In Conclusion

The net effect of these adjustments is to achieve a “blocking” effect of the orthosis to reduce body sway. In other words, the patient will feel an improved base of support to “push against” when his or her body sways out of alignment during difficult balancing tasks. Often, input from the patient regarding improvements of balance with orthotic adjustment will supersede any intuitive decision making by the clinician.

   Dr. Richie is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Biomechanics at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Richie is in private practice in Seal Beach, Calif.

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