Current Pedorthics January-February 2017 | Vol.49, Issue 1 - Page 50

Equinus Management for Better Orthotic Outcome
transition to a midrange drop shoe like a 4-8 mm drop shoe initially then reducing the shoe drop to a 0mm drop with equinus resolution . The shoe drop concept is very familiar in the running shoe world , but less discussed for dress shoes . For women , the recommendation should be flats instead of heels . Men ’ s dress shoes can be problematic also and require counseling .
Appropriate management of equinus leads to improved orthoses outcomes . The timing of the two therapies is dependent upon the deformity severity . Typically , equinus deformity correction should precede orthoses therapy . Equinus correction allows the patient to fully tolerate the correction within the orthoses satisfying both the patient and healthcare provider .
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6 . Amis , James . " The split-second effect : the Mechanism of How equinus Can damage the Human Foot and ankle ." Frontiers in Surgery 3 ( 2016 ).
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Figure 7 — Learn more about the Equinus Brace and how it treats foot , ankle , and leg pain related to equinus .
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Figure 8 — Dr . Patrick Deheer demonstrates how to properly adjust and wear the Equinus Brace .
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