Professor Matthew Moran
Functional Gait Analysis
One of the most popular sports in the world is running. Nearly 17 million people in the United States alone crossed finish lines in road races in 2017.1 Unfortunately, there is an extremely high rate of running related injuries (RRI) that prevent or hinder individuals from training and competing. A 2007 systematic review revealed that the incidence of lower extremity running related injuries ranges from 19.4% to 79.3%.2 Orthotics are frequently prescribed as a conservative treatment option for various injuries such as plantar fasciitis (PF), patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), and stress fractures. Although commonly prescribed, the research on the mechanisms of orthotics and their effectiveness is convoluted and conflicting. The following paper aims to examine the following question: Does the current literature on orthotics and running kinematics/kinetics support the prescription/recommendation of custom or off-the-shelf orthotics for common running related injuries such as MTSS, PF, and PFPS?
Tavernite, Jake, "The Efficacy of Custom and Prefabricated Orthotic Interventions for Common Running Related Injuries" (2019). Writing Across the Curriculum. 34.
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