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Effects of an unstable shoe construction on standing balance in children with developmental disabilities: a pilot study
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Prosthetics and Orthotics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0220-6278
2008 (English)In: Prosthetics and orthotics international, ISSN 0309-3646, E-ISSN 1746-1553, Vol. 32, no 4, 422-433 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study aimed to investigate if prolonged use of shoes incorporating an unstable sole construction could facilitate improvements of balance in a sample of developmentally disabled children. Ten children (six male and four female) aged between 10 and 17 years participated in the study. Children were fitted with shoes incorporating an unstable sole (Masai Barefoot Technology) and instructed to wear them for a minimum of two hours per day for eight weeks. A within subjects repeated measures design was used. Children were tested prior to receiving the shoes, four weeks after receiving the shoes and eight weeks after receiving the shoes. A force plate capable of rotating about a single axis (NeuroCom International Inc, Oregon) was used to test static balance, reactive balance and directional control. Static balance was not found to be influenced by prolonged use of the footwear; however, significant improvements were noted in children's reactive balance both with the shoes and barefoot. Results suggest that reactive balance can be improved by prolonged and regular use of shoes incorporating an unstable sole construction.

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London: Informa Healthcare Ltd. , 2008. Vol. 32, no 4, 422-433 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-7613DOI: 10.1080/03093640802339403ISI: 000278746800012PubMedID: 18985552OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-7613DiVA: diva2:139600
Available from: 2009-01-24 Created: 2009-01-24 Last updated: 2017-03-21Bibliographically approved

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