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Metatarsal bars more effective than metatarsal pads in reducing impulse on the second metatarsal head.
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PMID:  21641789     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: The second metatarsal head is commonly involved in cases of metatarsalgia. As part of the conservative treatment, metatarsal bars and metatarsal pads are often prescribed. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of metatarsal bars and metatarsal pads in reducing impulse on the second metatarsal head. METHOD: Thirty-five healthy subjects were monitored with an insole scanning system during walking in four different conditions: (a) wearing shoes only, (b) shoes plus metatarsal pads and shoes plus metatarsal bars, placed either (c) perpendicular to the foot axis or (d) oblique to the foot axis. The impulse under the second metatarsal head was measured using the first condition as a control. Both feet were examined in each subject resulting in a total of 840 measurements. RESULTS: Both metatarsal bars and metatarsal pads were effective in reducing impulse when compared with the control (P<0.01). Metatarsal bars were found to be more effective in reducing impulse as compared to the metatarsal pads (P<0.01), and the oblique position of the bars was more effective than the perpendicular one (P<0.01). CONCLUSIONS: The greatest reduction of impulse on the second metatarsal head in healthy subjects is achieved with the use of metatarsal bars in an oblique position.
Annie Deshaies; Patrice Roy; Panagiotis D Symeonidis; Bernard Larue; Norman Murphy; Eric Anctil
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-6-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Foot (Edinburgh, Scotland)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2963     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-6-6     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9109564     Medline TA:  Foot (Edinb)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
University of Sherbrooke Hospitals, Orthopaedic Service, CHUS-Hôtel Dieu, 580, rue Bowen sud, Sherbrooke, Québec J1G 2E8, Canada.
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