September 2010

Cluffy Wedge helps alter pressures

Use of the Cluffy Wedge in combination with a medial arch support significantly alters dynamic plantar pressures in subjects with asymptomatic functional hallux limitus, according to research from the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia.

The device, from Great Falls, MT-based Cluffy Biomedical, is a sub-hallucial wedge designed for patients with limited first metatarsophalangeal joint range of motion, including FHL.

In 10 subjects with asymptomatic FHL, the Temple researchers found that use of the wedge in combination with a medial arch support significantly decreased pressure time integral for all but the first metatarsal head, compared to barefoot walking. Center of pressure excursion index was also significantly decreased with the combination therapy. The wedge alone did not significantly alter dynamic plantar pressure compared to the barefoot condition.

The findings, presented in August at the emed Scientific Meeting, suggest a symbiosis between wedge and arch support.

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