What is it about?

Knee OA reduced the ankle dorsiflexors and plantarflexor peak torque, and decreased the dorsiflexors/plantarflexors’ strength ratio. So, assessment of ankle dorsiflexion and plantarflexion strength is critical in management of patients with knee OA. Moreover, strengthening exercises of the ankle joint dorsiflexors and plantarflexors may be helpful for those patients.

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Why is it important?

little attention has been given to the strength of ankle dorsiflexion and plantarflexion. Knowing the strength of these muscles may be useful to monitor the progression of knee OA and for establishment of the suitable rehabilitation program.


I think this article will help physical therapist to think in the proximal and distal effects of different musculoskeletal disorders that will help in designing the rehabilitation program to be more efficient.

Prof. Dr. Amr Almaz Abdel-aziem
Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University

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This page is a summary of: Isokinetic assessment of ankle dorsiflexors and plantarflexors strength in patients with knee osteoarthritis, International Musculoskeletal Medicine, August 2015, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1179/1753615415y.0000000010.
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