Emphasizing The Need For Accurate Reporting Of Research On Falls And AFOs

For several years, I have been a critic of a practice within the podiatric profession of prescribing bilateral ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) to senior citizens with a promise that these devices would reduce the risk of falling. 1-3 Among several concerns is the fact that this treatment intervention has never had testing in any robust clinical trial to ensure the safety of the practice. In addition, the brace was marketed before any studies had occurred to verify that the promised benefit of preventing falls was actually legitimate.

For several years, I have been a critic of a practice within the podiatric profession of prescribing bilateral ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) to senior citizens with a promise that these devices would reduce the risk of falling. 1-3 Among several concerns is the fact that this treatment intervention has never had testing in any robust clinical trial to ensure the safety of the practice. In addition, the brace was marketed before any studies had occurred to verify that the promised benefit of preventing falls was actually legitimate.

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Emphasizing The Need For Accurate Reporting Of Research On Falls And AFOs