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Intrinsic Muscle Strength: Is It Important?

Posted by PPL Biomechanics on

Intrinsic Muscle Strength: Is It Important?

For a long time, the plantar fascia (aponeurosis) has been given a leading role as ‘the’ soft tissue for maintaining the foot’s profile in gait and for stiffening the foot during the stance phase through the windlass mechanism (1; 2). More recently researchers have taken a harder look a the plantar intrinsics to see how significant their role is in foot function (3). Our intent is this short article is to answer the question; ‘is intrinsic foot muscle strength important?’ Foot rehabilitation is an integral part of foot orthosis design and provision, both for the intrinsic and extrinsic foot muscles...

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Autumn Newsletter

Posted by Thomas Twomey on

Autumn Newsletter

It has been quite a while since our last Newsletter, so we have many topics to update you on this month regarding the following topics: 
  • new products
  • topical research paper
  • PPL website changes
  • Brexit contingency planning

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Offloading - Management of DFUs

Posted by Thomas Twomey on

Offloading - Management of DFUs

TCC is the Gold Standard treatment option for diabetic foot ulcers. Non-removable Optima Diab walker boots are the next best option.

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Athletic Footwear Prescription

Posted by Thomas Twomey on

Athletic Footwear Prescription

In this article we aim to give an honest and unbiased analysis of the current predicament of athletic footwear prescription.

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Football Boots - Prescription Tips

Posted by Thomas Twomey on

Football Boots - Prescription Tips

We have seen a big shift in the construction of football boots over the past 15-20 years. The day of robust and durable leather boots are a thing of the past and are fast being replaced with lightweight synthetic materials. Revolutionary cleat placements have also changed the dynamics and functionality of these boots drastically. The first signs of change were implemented by Adidas in the 1950’s with the introduction of interchangeable cleats. This allowed for customization of the boots based on underfoot conditions and the sport being played. In the following decades, further changes were made to reduce mass and...

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