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Function of the triceps surae muscle group in low and high arched feet: An exploratory study

BRANTHWAITE, Helen, PANDYAN, Anand and CHOCKALINGAM, Nachiappan (2012) Function of the triceps surae muscle group in low and high arched feet: An exploratory study. Foot The, 22 (2). pp. 56-59. ISSN 0958-2592

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The Achilles tendon has been shown to be comprised of segmental components of tendon arising from the tricpes surae muscle group. Motion of the foot joints in low and high arched feet may induce a change in behaviour of the triceps surae muscle group due to altered strain on the tendon. Surface electromyogram of the medial and lateral gastrocnemius and the soleus muscle from 12 subjects (with 6 low arched and 6 high arched feet) (1:1) was recorded whilst walking at a self selected speed along a 10. m walkway. The results showed a high variability in muscle activity between groups with patterns emerging within groups. Soleus was more active in 50 of the low arch feet at forefoot loading and there was a crescendo of activity towards heel lift in 58 of all subjects. This observed variability between groups and foot types emphasises the need for further work on individual anatomical variation and foot function to help in the understanding and management of Achilles tendon pathologies and triceps surae dysfunction. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: achilles tendon; adult; anatomical variation; article; controlled study; electromyogram; electromyography; gait; gastrocnemius muscle; heel; human; human experiment; joint mobility; leg movement; male; muscle contraction; muscle function; priority journal; soleus muscle; triceps surae muscle; walking speed, Achilles Tendon; Adolescent; Adult; Cross-Sectional Studies; Electromyography; Follow-Up Studies; Foot; History, Ancient; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Muscle Contraction; Muscle, Skeletal; Pressure; Walking; Young Adult
Subjects: A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
B800 Medical Technology
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C600 Sports Science
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Nachiappan CHOCKALINGAM
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2013 22:24
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:37
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