Functional foot symmetry and its relation to lower extremity physical performance in older adults: the Framingham Foot Study

J.L. Riskowski, T.J. Hagedorn, A.B. Dufour, M.T. Hannan

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    While many studies use gait symmetry as a marker of healthy gait, the evidence that gait symmetry exists is limited. Because gait symmetry is thought to arise through laterality (i.e., limb preference) and affects gait retraining efforts, it is important to understand if symmetry exists during gait in older adults. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate foot and gait symmetry in the population-based Framingham Foot Study as well as to determine the effects of vertical force symmetry on physical performance measures.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1796-1802
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Biomechanics
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012



    • foot symmetry
    • gait symmetry
    • older adults

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