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Takahara, Yasuhiro
Yagata, Yukihisa
Yamamoto, Kazushi
Nagashima, Hiroaki
Tukiyama, Hisashi
Inoue, Hajime
Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the strength of the foot muscles that control the toes and disorders such as shin splint. In order to this, we designed and built a toe dynamometer to compare the muscle power exerted through the toes in top female marathon runners and age-matched women not involved in sports. The subjects were 12 top-level female marathon runners (Group A) and 37 student nurses who were not involved in sports (Group B). We devised a dynamometer to measure the total power exerted by the flexor muscles of the 5 toes of a single foot (total flexor power) and the combined power of the abductors of the big (1st) and little (5th) toes (abductor power). In Group A, the total flexor power was 14.3 +/- 5.3 kg in the right foot and 15.4 +/- 4.7 kg in the left foot. The abductor power was 1.9 +/- 1.8 kg in the right foot and 2.2 +/- 1.9 kg in the left foot. In Group B, total flexor power was 18.3 +/- 6.7 kg in the right foot, while the abductor power was 1.9 +/- 1.7 kg. The subjects from Group A with an arch index < 1.0 (n = 8) or > 1.0 (n = 4) were respectively classified as Group I and Group II. In Group I, total flexor power was 14.9 +/- 5.3 kg (right) and 15.5 +/- 5.2 kg (left), while the abductor power was 2.6 +/- 1.9 kg (right), and 3.1 +/- 1.7 kg (left). In Group II, the total flexor power was 13.2 +/- 5.8 kg (right) and 15.1 +/- 4.2 kg (left), while the abductor power was 0.7 +/- 0.6 kg (right) and 0.3 +/- 0.2 kg (left). The abductor power of toes was significantly lower in Group II than in Group I. The incidence of posteromedial shin pain was higher in Group II (75.0%) than in Group I (12.5%).

Keywords
toe muscle power
female marathon runner
toe dynamometer
Amo Type
Article
Published Date
1999-08
Publication Title
Acta Medica Okayama
Volume
volume53
Issue
issue4
Publisher
Okayama University Medical School
Start Page
189
End Page
191
ISSN
0386-300X
NCID
AA00508441
Content Type
Journal Article
language
英語
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Refereed
True
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