June 2017

Pairing Evenup lift, walking boot helps gait

The Journal of Allied Health in June published a study of Buford, GA-based Evenup’s shoe lift, showing the device offered clinically meaningful improvements in lower extremity function and disability over usual care in individuals with temporary limb length inequality.

Investigators recruited 34 volunteers undergoing unilateral lower extremity orthopedic medical and rehabilitative care, assigning 17 to an intervention group using a walking boot on their involved side and an Evenup Shoe Balancer, which buckles over the user’s normal shoe to provide a 1/2″ to 1″ lift, on the uninvolved foot. The control group used a walking boot and an unaltered shoe.

Outcome measures included the lower extremity functional scale (LEFS), modified Oswestry low back pain disability questionnaire (OSW), numeric pain rating scale, ankle range of motion (ROM), and strength. Function, pain, ROM, and strength improved in all participants, and investigators observed a clinically relevant improvement in OSW and LEFS in the intervention group, compared with controls.

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- Emily Delzell

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