The Biomechanics of Gait

By: Jeffrey D. Olsen, DC The biomechanics of gait affect not only the lower extremities, but also the rhythmic movements of the entire body. To appreciate this obvious relationship, picture running with your arms folded across your chest or with your chin tucked. Just like restricting these key components of a balanced gait feels awkward, 

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Pedal Stress Fractures and Orthotic Support

By: Mark N. Charrette, DC Stress fractures are a common cause of foot pain, especially in the active population.1 Patients will report a dull, aching pain sensation in the foot that is often poorly localized (Fig. 1). The nagging pain increases during weightbearing and gait, and often remains for a while after use. It commonly subsides 

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Shoe Orthotics for the Treatment of Chronic Low-Back Pain

Download PDF By: Jerrilyn A. Cambron, DC, PhD, Manuel Duarte, DC, Jennifer Dexheimer, BS, LMT, and Thomas Solecki, DC Abstract Objectives: The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate the feasibility of a randomized clinical trial of shoe orthotics for chronic low-back pain. Methods: The study recruited 50 patients with chronic low-back pain through 

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Research Backs Weightbearing Casting Methods

By: Jeffrey D. Olsen, DC Time and again, the weightbearing casting method has been shown to be the most reliable, accurate, and effective process for creating custom-made foot orthotics. The question as to which type of orthotic is the best for your patients has been settled, too: Foot Levelers’ functional orthotics work best; they have 

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Hip Pain and Orthotic Support

Download PDF Now Most hip problems seen by Chiropractors have developed gradually, over a period of weeks, months or even years. There is usually an underlying biomechanical imbalance, or possibly some type of overuse syndrome. Common examples include trochanteric bursitis, recurrent muscle strains (hamstrings, adductors), piriformis syndrome and snapping hip. By far the most frequently 

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The Plantar Vault: the Body’s Personal Vault

Download PDF Now Arches and Orthotic Support Our feet are the foundation for our bodies, including the pelvis and spine: they provide balance, propel us, safely absorb heel-strike shock and adapt to walking stresses. The feet provide the necessary stability to perform daily activities and are reliant upon an arched structure comprised of 3 bony 

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