Rearfoot Eversion Pilot Study


Properly understanding the biomechanical behaviors of flat feet is important for diagnosing and treating the condition. Rearfoot eversion is a useful biomechanical trait to study as it can be measured noninvasively. Motion capture was used to measure rearfoot eversion in two patients with flat feet in this pilot study. Eversion through the stance phase and eversion characteristics were recorded for five shod conditions. The rearfoot eversion became less pronounced through the stance phase in more supportive shod conditions. Rearfoot eversion was greater overall in more supportive shod conditions. The less pronounced eversion was expected and promising for further study. The overall greater eversion was unexpected and could possibly be caused by the motion capture methods. More rigorous study may be required to determine if this overall greater eversion is caused by the methods or if it is a clinically significant trait of more supportive shod conditions.



Low Arch, Shoes, Medicine, Foot Kinematics, Foot Orthosis, Engineering, Anatomy & Physiology