Dr. Jennifer Sanders

Dr. Jennifer Sanders

ABPM Diplomate Jenny L Sanders, observes how many physical therapists view orthodics, from her recent attendance at the second annual Science of Running Research Symposium, sponsored by the California Physical Therapy Association and CAL-PT-FUND.  She asks the question “Are Physical Therapists Overlooking The Benefits Of Orthotics For Runners?” in Podiatry Today online.

In the article, Sanders finds herself impressed by the attendees’ comprehensive knowledge of lower extremity biomechanics and gait analysis. She writes, “they followed lectures summarizing the lower extremity muscle activity of the glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, gastrocnemius, soleus and posterior tibial muscles during loading, propulsion and swing phases of gait. They understood and were able to identify torsional abnormalities of the femur and tibia, and understood normal and abnormal motion at the hip, knee and ankle joints. Surprisingly, however, there was no mention of the foot, specifically the subtalar or midtarsal joints.”

“Not surprisingly,  without this foundation, none of the lecturers recommended functional custom orthotics as an appropriate treatment for running … ”  Read complete article

She underscores that “If you are a podiatrist sending patients to physical therapy for rehabilitation, you need to know what your patients are hearing. Even better, get to know your physical therapists personally and make sure they are on board with your treatment protocols before your patients spend six to eight weeks in their care.” More

Jennifer Sanders has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1994.