Preliminary observations of muscle fibre cross sectional area of flexor digitorum brevis in cadaver feet with and without claw toes

Jackie Locke, Stuart Baird, Jamie Frankis

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Abstract

In order to facilitate normal gait, toes require to be in a rectus position during the propulsive phase. This requires a correct balance and sequence of activity of the intrinsic musculature of the feet. Alteration of this balance and sequence may lead to the development of claw toes. Atrophy of the lumbricals occurs in the development of claw toes, but it is not known if changes occur in any other intrinsic muscles, including flexor digitorum brevis. This study set out to investigate whether hypertrophic changes were evident in flexor digitorum brevis in feet with claw toes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Foot and Ankle Research
Volume3
Issue number32
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Hammer Toe Syndrome
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Foot
Muscles
Toes
Gait
Atrophy

Keywords

  • normal gait
  • claw toes
  • hypertrophic changes

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