Monday, March 2, 2009

Flat Feet and Motor Skills

Pediatrics reports on research indicating that flat feet in children ages 11-15 did not have a significant effect on 17 motor skills or athletic ability. The researchers do not recommend treating flexible flat feet for athletic performance.
That is a swift blow for all orthotists. This study was done on 11-15 year old children. I would love to see similar research in younger children.

Reference: Tudor, Anton, Ruzic, Lana, Sestan, Branko, Sirola, Luka, Prpic, Tomislav
Flat-Footedness Is Not a Disadvantage for Athletic Performance in Children Aged 11 to 15 Years Pediatrics 2009 123: e386-e392

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