Patterns of weight distribution under the metatarsal heads

E. J. Luger, M. Nissan, A. Karpf, E. L. Steinberg, S. Dekel

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The longitudinal arch between the heel and the forefoot and the transverse arch between the first and fifth metatarsal heads, absorb shock, energy and force. A device to measure plantar pressure was used in 66 normal healthy subjects and in 294 patients with various types of foot disorder. Only 22 (3%) of a total of 720 feet, had a dynamic metatarsal arch during the stance phase of walking, and all had known abnormality. Our findings show that there is no distal transverse metatarsal arch during the stance phase. This is important for the classification and description of disorders of the foot.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-202
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1999
Externally publishedYes


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