Functional Biomechanics Improve Heel to Hip Linkage to Restore Gait
One of the primary goals in managing most gait deficit patients is to stabilize the pelvis during gait. If the pelvis isn't stable, nothing else can be stable so the metabolic cost of gait increases and the safety during gait decreases. Orthotic interventions can have a significant effect on the motions available to joints in the locomotor system. Controlling too much motion can immobilize motion and limit the efficiency and stability of gait. Not controlling enough motion can allow destructive motions that lead to further disruptions during gait. With very few exceptions, normal anatomical and biomechanical motion at the foot/ankle complex is required for the patient to achieve pelvic stability during gait.
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