Is the 'ankle bone connected to the…knee bone'?
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Reduced ankle dorsiflexion (ADF) has been reported to be a risk factor in conditions such as patellar and Achilles tendinopathy, chronic ankle instability, and anterior knee pain. An abnormal movement pattern composed of excessive femoral adduction and internal rotation, tibial internal rotation and medial displacement of the knee, has been defined as dynamic knee valgus (DKV). It has been hypothesised that in those with restricted ADF, individuals may compensate for lack of range in the sagittal lane with movement in the frontal or transverse plane. Individuals may pronate the foot, internally rotate the tibia, internally rotate and adduct the hip or ‘drop’ the pelvis, which can result in DKV.
The aim of this study was to review and perform a meta-analysis of the literature related to the association of ankle dorsi flexion (ADF) in dynamic knee valgus (DKV) - an interesting component of the ‘regional interdependence’ model (think of the childhood song - “your hip bone’s connected to the, knee bone…[you get the idea!]”…LOG IN OR SUBSCRIBE TO ACCESS THIS REVIEW!
THIS WEEK'S RESEARCH REVIEW:
“Association Between Ankle Dorsiflexion and Dynamic Knee Valgus”
This paper was published in Physical Therapy in Sport (2018) and this Review is posted in Recent Reviews, Ankle-Foot, Knee and the 2019 Archive.