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Ankle and Foot Manual Therapy for Aging and Older Adults
Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • Rachel Laufer
  • Sean Kim, Sacred Heart University
  • Jason Grimes, Sacred Heart University
  • Victor G. Vaughan, Sacred Heart University
  • Sheng-Che Yen, Northeastern University
  • Kevin Chui, Sacred Heart University
Document Type
Peer-Reviewed Article
Publication Date
Physical Therapy
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.
Citation Information

Laufer, R., Kim, S., Grimes, J., Vaughan, V., Yen, S., & Chui K. (2015). Ankle and foot manual therapy for aging and older adults. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 31(3), 211-216. doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000067