The Relationship Between Restricted Ankle Dorsiflexion and Knee Kinematics During Static and Dynamic Movements: A Critically Appraised Topic

Jessica Monnier, Tatum Komlodi, Matthew O'Brien

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Abstract

Clinical scenario: Knee injuries are prevalent among athletes across a multitude of sports whether it be females or males. Restricted joint motion above or below the knee joint can contribute to the incidence of these injuries during static or dynamic movements.

Clinical Question: Can restricted ankle dorsiflexion cause knee kinematics changes during static and dynamic movements in physically active adults?

Summary of Key Findings: A literature search was conducted on the relationship between restricted ankle dorsiflexion and knee kinematics. Three studies that measured weight-bearing ankle dorsiflexion and knee kinematics through static and dynamic movements were included. One study demonstrated that a decrease in ankle mobility can lead to knee landing errors. The other two studies indicated that restricted ankle flexion can lead to an increase in knee valgus and internal rotation at the knee.

Clinical Bottom Line: There is moderate evidence that supports restricted ankle dorsiflexion could contribute to changes in knee kinematics during static and dynamic motions.

Strength of Recommendation: Based on the Physiotherapy Evidence Database, these studies are categorized as a 7 out of 10 in that restricted ankle dorsiflexion can cause changes in knee kinematics during static and dynamic movements.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages15
StatePublished - 17 Feb 2024
Event
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Research Week 2024
- Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, United States
Duration: 13 Feb 202417 Feb 2024
https://medicine.okstate.edu/research/research_days.html

Conference

Conference
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Research Week 2024
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTulsa
Period13/02/2417/02/24
Internet address

Keywords

  • ankle dorsiflexion
  • knee kinematics
  • knee injuries
  • ankle mobility
  • rotational movements

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