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Ankle and Foot Manual Therapy for Aging and Older Adults

Laufer, Rachel PT, DPT; Kim, Sean PT, DPT; Grimes, Jason PT, MPT, OCS, ATC; Vaughan, Victor PT, DPT, MS, OCS; Yen, Sheng-Che PT, PhD; Chui, Kevin K. PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, OCS, FAAOMPT

doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000067
Manual Therapy for Aging and Older Adults

The purpose of this article is to provide a literature review of publications from 2004 to 2014 that examined the effect of foot and ankle manual therapy techniques for various pathologies and conditions for aging and older adults. The main topics addressed are ankle sprains, balance deficits, and heel pain. Also included are a randomized controlled trial for hallux abducto valgus, a case series for triceps surae dysfunction, and a case study for cuboid syndrome. Other pathologies were considered, but no research has been performed to substantiate the use of manual therapy for this patient population.

Sacred Heart University (Drs Laufer, Kim, and Vaughan), Fairfield, Connecticut; Department of Physical Therapy (Mr Grimes) and Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science (Dr Chui), Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut; and Department of Physical Therapy (Dr Yen), Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.

Correspondence: Rachel Laufer, PT, DPT, Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Resident, Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Ave, Fairfield, CT 06825 (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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