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Balance Improvement in Older Adults Using Customized Ankle Foot Orthoses
May 2013

Balance Improvement in Older Adults Using Customized Ankle Foot Orthoses
Falls are a major health concern for the rapidly growing elderly population. Estimates of the proportion of elderly that fall each year have ranged from 22.1% to almost 40% [1,2]. There is a large volume of studies that have shown the benefits of ankle foot orthoses (AFO's) for individuals that have suffered a stroke or non-progressive brain lesions [3]. AFO's have also been shown to reduce a number of fall risk factors through improving gait and balance in these populations, however research involving a less restrictive sample of the elderly population is lacking...

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