Gait style as an etiology to chronic postural pain. Part II. Postural compensatory process

HJ Dananberg
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The body is designed to pull the center of mass over a single pivotal site formed by dorsiflexion of the first metatarsophalangeal joint. If this response dorsiflexion motion is blocked by functional hallux limitus, then the kinetic energy, which is created for this motion, must somehow be dissipated. The process by which this dissipation occurs creates a specific pattern of compensations which, in the past, has been seen as primary motions unrelated to sagittal plane blockade. These compensatory motions are described along with a brief section concerning the methods of treatment.