Changes of Postural Steadiness Following Use of Prefabricated Orthotic Insoles

Click name to view affiliation

Hamid Bateni Northern Illinois University

Search for other papers by Hamid Bateni in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Restricted access

Orthoses are designed to assist a malaligned foot in adapting to the environment and reduce the frequency of injury. Literature is divided on the benefits of orthotics insoles for postural stability. The current study was conducted to determine the effect of prefabricated orthotic arch supports on postural stabilization. Twelve healthy young adults participated in this study and were tested with and without prefabricated orthotics. Different variables were computed from movement of center of pressure (COP) during orthotic use as suggested in the literature. The mean position of COP was significantly shifted forward and toward the dominant side. Neither the COP movement nor the velocity changes following the use of orthotics revealed significant differences. Mediolateral range of COP movement and the 95% confidence circle area of sway was significantly reduced (P = .022 and 0.048 respectively), but changes in 95% confidence circle and ellipse areas of fractal dimension were not significant (P = .053 and P = .057 respectively). In conclusion, orthotic insoles significantly improved postural sway initially by reducing mediolateral range of postural sway and 95% confidence circle area of sway at the cost of increased fractal dimension area variables and power.

Hamid Bateni (Corresponding Author) is with the Physical Therapy Program, School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.

  • Collapse
  • Expand
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 2085 181 19
Full Text Views 34 14 0
PDF Downloads 37 12 0