Navicula height: static versus dynamic

Michael Skovdal Rathleff, Rasmus Gottschalk N Nielsen, Christian Gammelgaard Olesen, Ole Højgaard Simonsen, Carsten Mølgaard, K Jensen, Søren Lundbye-Christensen, S Kaalund

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In 1996 Cornwall and McPoil discovered that the static measurement of the rearfoot angle while standing on one leg in a relaxed position, could serve as a clinical indicator of the maximum amount of rearfoot eversion during walking. Due to the close relationship between midfoot and rearfoot motion, it was hypothesized that the single leg standing also would be an indicator of navicula drop, and the minimal height of tuberositas navicula during walking. Another test was suggested by Brody, it was named Navicula Drop Test (NDT) and was defined as the difference of navicula height with subtalar joint in neutral position and relaxed standing posture.

Excessive movement of the navicula is considered a predisposing factor in the development of shin splits. No single direct static measurement of navicula height has yet shown to predict a high degree of mid foot movement.

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between static measurements, using Navicual Drop Test and One Leg Standing (OLS) and the dynamic measurements of minimal navicula height loaded (NHL) and navicula drop (ΔNH)

Original languageEnglish
Publication date2008
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventThe International Foot and Ankle Biomechanichs Community - Bologna, Italy
Duration: 4 Sept 20086 Sept 2008


ConferenceThe International Foot and Ankle Biomechanichs Community

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