Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Henry C. Wessman


Ankle; Foot; Orthotic Devices


The purpose of this independent study was to consolidate information on biomechanics of the foot and ankle and the possible effects on the rest of the body of faulty mechanics. A literature search and specialized continuing education contributed to improved working knowledge of the significance of variations of the normal biomechanics. The physical therapist relates to the patient through complaints of foot pain, or through foot evaluation to get to other sites of pain. A thorough evaluation process, shoe recommendations, stretching, and/or strengthening exercises, and orthotic evaluation are the results of study.