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Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) : Fashion or Physiotherapeutic Intervention ; A Systematic Review

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Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) : Fashion or Physiotherapeutic Intervention ; A Systematic Review

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Footwear like the Masai Barefoot Technology® (MBT) is known world-wide and it is used as a therapeutic device by many physiotherapists. The aim of this review is to analyze the MBT shoe as an interventional tool and to compare its use as a therapeutic device with ordinary flat bottom shoes while walking. The review focuses especially on applications of the MBT shoe to patients suffering from ankle instability or lower back pain. A literature search in four databases (PubMed, Google Scholar, PEDro, PiCarta) was carried out using a combination of relevant keywords in order to find adequate publications. Those which met all inclusion criteria were included and rated using a modified PEDro scale. The content of each paper was categorized and tabulated. 15 studies were rated to be sufficient: twelve dealing with ankle instability, three with lower back pain and one of them with both. Walking or standing with the MBT shoe revealed significant differences compared to walking or standing with ordinary flat bottom shoes in patients suffering from ankle instability but in patients suffering from lower back pain no significant differences were found. Hence, there are advantages when treating ankle instability with the MBT shoe but all patients need to be assessed and instructed thoroughly before using this shoe, since it might not be the device of choice for all of them. In summary, the MBT shoe is a valid therapeutic device for patients with ankle instability, whereas no beneficial therapeutic effects could be demonstrated for lower back pain patients. More in-depth studies are recommended to receive further evidence about the use of the shoe in lower back pain patients.

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OrganisatieHogeschool van Amsterdam
InstituutGezondheid
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Jaar2011
TypeBachelorscriptie
TaalEngels

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