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ankle biomechanics

Jesús Vilá-Rico, Enrique Sánchez-Morata, Elena Vacas-Sánchez, Cristina Ojeda-Thies
Injuries of the distal tibiofibular syndesmosis are commonly overlooked or mismanaged, and chronic instability is a debilitating condition leading to premature joint degeneration. Several methods of treatment have been described, mainly screw fixation, arthrodesis, or ligament reconstruction. Most clinical evidence is limited to case series, mainly screw fixation, and there is a general paucity of evidence regarding ligament reconstruction, which is considered to be more anatomic and to restore joint biomechanics...
February 2018: Arthroscopy Techniques
Enda King, Andrew Franklyn-Miller, Chris Richter, Eamon O'Reilly, Mark Doolan, Kieran Moran, Siobhan Strike, Éanna Falvey
BACKGROUND: Clinical assessments and rehabilitation in athletic groin pain (AGP) have focused on specific anatomical structures and uniplanar impairments rather than whole body movement. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effectiveness of rehabilitation that targeted intersegmental control in patients with AGP and to investigate post rehabilitation changes in cutting biomechanics. METHODS: Two hundred and five patients with AGP were rehabilitated focusing on clinical assessment of intersegmental control, linear running and change of direction mechanics in this prospective case series...
March 17, 2018: British Journal of Sports Medicine
Ikponmwonsa Ogbonmwan, Bhavesh D Kumar, Bruce Paton
BACKGROUND: Variations in lower-limb biomechanics have recurrently been associated as aetiological factors for Achilles tendinopathy. OBJECTIVE: To update a previous systematic review examining lower-limb gait biomechanics in Achilles tendinopathy. DESIGN: Systematic Review. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL PLUS, SPORTDiscus and PUBMED databases searched from inception to May 2016. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SELECTING STUDIES: Studies investigating adults with Achilles tendinopathy and lower-limb gait biomechanics including kinematics, kinetics, dynamic plantar-pressures, temporospatial parameters and muscle activity...
March 8, 2018: Gait & Posture
Ava D Segal, Krista M Cyr, Christina J Stender, Eric C Whittaker, Michael E Hahn, Michael S Orendurff, William R Ledoux, Bruce J Sangeorzan
BACKGROUND: End-stage ankle arthritis is a debilitating condition that often requires surgical intervention after failed conservative treatments. Ankle arthrodesis is a common surgical option, especially for younger and highly active patients; however, ankle arthroplasty has become increasingly popular as advancements in implant design improve device longevity. The longitudinal differences in biomechanical outcomes between these surgical treatments remain indistinct, likely due to the challenges associated with objective study of a heterogeneous population...
March 5, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Zhongkui Wang, Masamitsu Kido, Kan Imai, Kazuya Ikoma, Shinichi Hirai
Clinically in medializing calcaneal osteotomy (MCO), foot and ankle surgeons are facing difficulties in choosing appropriate surgical parameters due to the individual differences in deformities among flatfoot patients. Traditional cadaveric studies have provided important information regarding the biomechanical effects of tendons, ligaments, and plantar fascia, but limitations have been reached when dealing with individual differences and tailoring patient-specific surgeries. Therefore, this study aimed at implementing the finite element (FE) method to investigate the effect of different MCO parameters to help foot and ankle surgeons performing patient-specific surgeries...
March 15, 2018: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
Kristina Stanković, Brian G Booth, Femke Danckaers, Fien Burg, Philippe Vermaelen, Saartje Duerinck, Jan Sijbers, Toon Huysmans
Background: Foot morphology has received increasing attention from both biomechanics researches and footwear manufacturers. Usually, the morphology of the foot is quantified by 2D footprints. However, footprint quantification ignores the foot's vertical dimension and hence, does not allow accurate quantification of complex 3D foot shape. Methods: The shape variation of healthy 3D feet in a population of 31 adult women and 31 adult men who live in Belgium was studied using geometric morphometric methods...
2018: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Mohammad Kia, Timothy M Wright, Michael B Cross, David J Mayman, Andrew D Pearle, Peter K Sculco, Geoffrey H Westrich, Carl W Imhauser
BACKGROUND: The correct amount of external rotation of the femoral component during TKA is controversial because the resulting changes in biomechanical knee function associated with varying degrees of femoral component rotation are not well understood. We addressed this question using a computational model, which allowed us to isolate the biomechanical impact of geometric factors including bony shapes, location of ligament insertions, and implant size across three different knees after posterior-stabilized (PS) TKA...
January 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Emilio Wagner, Pablo Wagner, Diego Zanolli, Rubén Radkievich, Gunther Redenz, Rodrigo Guzman
BACKGROUND: Tibialis posterior tendon transfer is performed when loss of dorsiflexion has to be compensated. We evaluated the circumtibial (CT), above-retinaculum transmembranous (TMAR), and under-retinaculum transmembranous (TMUR) transfer gliding resistance and foot kinematics in a cadaveric foot model during ankle range of motion (ROM). METHODS: Eight cadaveric foot-ankle distal tibia specimens were dissected free of soft tissues on the proximal end, applying an equivalent force to 50% of the stance phase to every tendon, except for the Achilles tendon...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
Bethany L Hansberger, Shellie Acocello, Lindsay V Slater, Joseph M Hart, Jatin P Ambegaonkar
CONTEXT:   Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries often occur during jump landings and can have detrimental short-term and long-term functional effects on quality of life. Despite frequently performing jump landings, dancers have lower incidence rates of ACL injury than other jump-landing athletes. Planned versus unplanned activities and footwear may explain differing ACL-injury rates among dancers and nondancers. Still, few researchers have compared landing biomechanics between dancers and nondancers...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Athletic Training
Melvin C Makhni, Jamal N Shillingford, Joseph L Laratta, Seung-Jae Hyun, Yongjung J Kim
The prevalence of patients with adult spinal deformity (ASD) has been reported as high as 68%. ASD often leads to significant pain and disability. Recent emphasis has been placed on sagittal plane balance and restoring normal sagittal alignment with regards to the three dimensional deformity of ASD. Optimal sagittal alignment has been known to increase spinal biomechanical efficiency, reduce energy expenditure by maintaining a stable posture with improved load absorption, influence better bony union, and help to decelerate adjacent segment deterioration...
March 2018: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
Su Jin Lee, Ricky Mehta-Desai, Kyunggeune Oh, Jon Sanford, Boris I Prilutsky
PURPOSE: Kinetic characteristics of transfers to and from a toilet performed using bilateral grab bars are not fully quantified to inform grab bar design and configuration. The purpose of this study was to (1) determine effects of bilateral swing-away grab bars on peaks of ankle, knee and hip joint moments during grab bar assisted stand-to-sit and sit-to-stand transfers; and (2) determine effects of three different heights and widths of swing-away grab bars on the same kinetic characteristics...
March 9, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Leo Ng, Simon M Rosalie, Dorianne Sherry, Wei Bing Loh, Andreas M Sjurseth, Shrikant Iyengar, Catherine Y Wild
Research has revealed that field hockey drag flickers have greater odds of hip and lumbar injuries compared to non-drag flickers (DF). This study aimed to compare the biomechanics of a field hockey hit and a specialised field hockey drag flick. Eighteen male and seven female specialised hockey DF performed a hit and a drag flick in a motion analysis laboratory with an 18-camera three-dimensional motion analysis system and a calibrated multichannel force platform to examine differences in lower limb and lumbar kinematics and kinetics...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
Kellen Krajewski, Robert LeFavi, Bryan Riemann
The purpose of this study is to analyze biomechanical differences between the bounce and pause styles of deadlifting. Twenty physically active males performed deadlifts at their 75% one repetition maximum testing utilizing both pause and bounce techniques in a within-subjects randomized study design. The average peak height the barbell attained from the three bounce style repetitions was used to compute a compatible phase for analysis of the pause style repetitions. Net joint moment impulse (NJMI), work, average vertical ground reaction force (vGRF), vGRF impulse and phase time were computed for two phases, lift off to peak barbell height and the entire ascent...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Edward Ofori, Jaeho Shim, Jacob J Sosnoff
The maintenance of steady contractions is required in many daily tasks. However, there is little understanding of how various lower limb configurations influence the ability to maintain force. The purpose of the current investigation was to examine the influence of joint angle on various lower-limb constant force contractions. Nineteen adults performed knee extension, knee flexion, and ankle plantarflexion isometric force contractions to 11 target forces, ranging from 2 to 95% maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) at 2 angles...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
M M Wiedemeijer, E Otten
BACKGROUND: Walking in high heels (HH) may alter gait in various ways, which may be of importance to designers and physicians. RESEARCH QUESTION: How does walking in high heels alter gait and how can this be explained from a biomechanical and control point of view. METHODS: Relevant literature has been collected in which high heeled walking was studied, after which the results were bundled and interpreted in a framework of biomechanics and control...
February 7, 2018: Gait & Posture
Di Wu, Chao Zheng, Ji Wu, Tan Hu, Rongrong Huang, Lizhen Wang, Yubo Fan
INTRODUCTION: The objective of the study was to investigate the effects of dropping heights and prophylactic ankle braces on ankle joint biomechanics during half-squat parachute landing from two different heights. METHODS: There were 30 male elite paratroopers with formal parachute landing training and more than 2 yr of parachute jumping experience who were recruited for this study. The subjects tested three different ankle brace conditions (no-brace, elastic brace, semirigid brace)...
February 1, 2018: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Matteo Zago, Chiarella Sforza, Daniela Rita Bonardi, Enrico Eugenio Guffanti, Manuela Galli
BACKGROUND: Gait instability is a major fall-risk factor in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Clinical gait analysis is a reliable tool to predict fall onsets. However, controversy still exists on gait impairments associated with COPD. RESEARCH QUESTION: Thus, the aims of this review were to evaluate the current understanding of spatiotemporal, kinematic and kinetic gait features in patients with COPD. METHODS: In line with PRISMA guidelines, a systematic literature search was performed throughout Web of Science, PubMed Medline, Scopus, PEDro and Scielo databases...
February 13, 2018: Gait & Posture
Gerard Chang, Suneel B Bhat, Steven M Raikin, Justin M Kane, Andrew Kay, Jamal Ahmad, David I Pedowitz, James Krieg
Ankle fractures are among the most common injuries requiring operative management. Implant choices include one-third tubular plates and anatomically precontoured plates. Although cadaveric studies have not revealed biomechanical differences between various plate constructs, there are substantial cost differences. This study sought to characterize the economic implications of implant choice. A retrospective review was undertaken of 201 consecutive patients with operatively treated OTA type 44B and 44C ankles...
February 16, 2018: Orthopedics
Yong Nie, Jun Ma, ZeYu Huang, Bin Xu, Shuo Tang, Bin Shen, Virginia Byers Kraus, FuXing Pei
To investigate the change in clinical outcomes and biomechanical properties of the knee in response to upper partial fibulectomy. Sixteen patients with medial compartment knee osteoarthritis (KOA) underwent upper partial fibulectomy. Visual analog scale (VAS) pain, the hospital for special surgery knee score (HSS), hip-knee-ankle (HKA) angle (measured in the frontal plane), and flexion/extension range of motion of the knee were assessed before and up to 6 months after surgery. Patients were evaluated for gait parameters and overall peak knee adduction moment (KAM)...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
Jarred G Gillett, Glen A Lichtwark, Roslyn N Boyd, Lee A Barber
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between lower limb muscle strength, passive muscle properties and functional capacity outcomes in adults with cerebral palsy (CP). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Tertiary institution biomechanics laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: Sample of 33 adults with spastic-type CP with a mean age of 25 (range, 15-51) years; mean ± SD body mass 70.15 ± 21.35 kg; Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level I n=20, level II n=13...
February 10, 2018: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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