AFOs and balance issues in peripheral neuropathy

At a symposium in Cape Town, South Africa, an orthotist demonstrated his technique for treating balance issues in patients with peripheral neuropathy using ankle foot orthoses (AFOs), and a team of researchers theorized about evidence-based concepts that could help explain his findings. By Cary Groner A symposium at the recent 2017 World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) 1 shed new light on a long-vexing question: How can clinicians help patients with peripheral neuropathy improve their balance using ankle foot orthoses (AFOs)? People with severe neuropathy typically have trouble with balance and gait, partly because they receive little or none of the sensory information the rest of us get from the plantar surfaces of the feet

At a symposium in Cape Town, South Africa, an orthotist demonstrated his technique for treating balance issues in patients with peripheral neuropathy using ankle foot orthoses (AFOs), and a team of researchers theorized about evidence-based concepts that could help explain his findings. By Cary Groner A symposium at the recent 2017 World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) 1 shed new light on a long-vexing question: How can clinicians help patients with peripheral neuropathy improve their balance using ankle foot orthoses (AFOs)? People with severe neuropathy typically have trouble with balance and gait, partly because they receive little or none of the sensory information the rest of us get from the plantar surfaces of the feet

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AFOs and balance issues in peripheral neuropathy