Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2015, Volume: 8, Issue: 26, Pages: 1-4
Yeonkyo Lee1 and Jemyung Shim2*
1 Department of Physical Therapy, Emergency Medical Rehabilitation, Kangwon National University, Samcheok-si, Gangwon-do, KS007, Korea; [email protected]
2 Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health and Science, Kangwon National University, Samcheok-si, Gangwon-do, KS007, Korea; [email protected]
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation therapy and manual therapy on foot pressure changes related to leg length discrepancy. The subjects of this study were 13 subjects (5 males, 8 females) with differences in leg length who agreed to participate in this study. Leg length was measured in a prone position, and foot pressure changes induced by weight support were determined using Gaitview (alFoots, Korea). The measurements were conducted prior to treatment, 15 minutes after TENS, and 40 minutes after manual therapy. One-way analysis of variance was used to compare the results derived prior to the experiment, after the TENS therapy, and after the manual therapy. No statistically significant difference in sole pressure was found among the pre-treatment, post-TENS treatment, and post-manual therapy results. But Pressure differences between the left and right feet tended to gradually decrease prior to treatment, after the TENS therapy, and after the manual therapy. And asymmetry in foot pressure tended to decrease, that is, in terms of foot pressure differences between the fore and rear feet. TENS and manual therapy for the treatment of differences in leg length do not considerably affect foot pressure but reduce differences in left and right leg pressure and pressure between the forefoot and rear foot, thereby positively affecting foot balance.
Keywords: Leg Length Discrepancy, Manual Therapy, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Therapy
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