Sailing charted seas: biomechanics and the orthopedic surgeon
© Arangio; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2008
Published: 26 September 2008
Biomechanical models have been used to study the distribution of foot forces, metatarsal stresses, heel pad, arch height, plantar aponeurosis, subtalar joint, extrinsic muscles, medial displacement calcaneal osteotomy, subtalar arthroereisis and lateral column lengthening calcaneal osteotomy in the normal and flatfoot. We review past research data and discuss results as they relate to relevant clinical topics. [1–6]
A three dimensional multi-segment biomechanical model  was used with anatomical data from normal feet, feet made flat and corrected feet. The model includes a series of equations that describe how the foot deforms under a theoretical applied load of 683 Newtons (70 Kg.) on one foot in static stance phase
Moments in Newton-meters (N-m)
Flatfoot + LCL Nm
1st Metatarsal medial cuneiform
Medial – cuneiform navicular
The model has accurately predicted the deformation of the foot under a theoretical load of 683 Newtons. We have analyzed the effect of various surgical procedures on the flatfoot. We discussed the clinical relevance of the model data to the ankle sprain, 5th metatarsal stress fracture, posterior tibial tendon insufficiency, the flatfoot and the cavus foot.
Eric P Salathe Sr. PhD.
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