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Metrics details. Intrinsic foot muscle weakness has been implicated in a range of foot deformities and disorders. However, to establish a relationship between intrinsic muscle weakness and foot pathology, an objective measure of intrinsic muscle strength is needed.

The aim of this review was to provide an overview of the anatomy and role of intrinsic foot muscles, implications of intrinsic weakness and evaluate the different methods used to measure intrinsic foot muscle strength.

There is no widely accepted method of measuring intrinsic foot muscle strength. Methods to estimate toe flexor muscle strength include the paper grip test, plantar pressure, toe dynamometry, and the intrinsic positive test. Hand-held dynamometry has excellent interrater and intrarater reliability and limits toe curling, which is an action hypothesised to activate extrinsic toe flexor muscles.

However, it is unclear whether any method can actually isolate intrinsic muscle strength. Also most methods measure only toe flexor strength and other actions such as toe extension and abduction have not been adequately assessed. Indirect methods often discriminate between intrinsic and extrinsic muscles, but lack the ability to measure muscle force.

There are many challenges to accurately measure intrinsic muscle strength in isolation. Most studies have measured toe flexor strength as a surrogate measure of intrinsic muscle strength. Hand-held dynamometry appears to be a promising method of estimating intrinsic muscle strength.

However, the contribution of extrinsic muscles cannot be excluded from toe flexor strength measurement. Future research should clarify the relative contribution of intrinsic and extrinsic muscles during intrinsic foot muscle strength testing.

Peer Review reports. Intrinsic foot muscles contribute to the support of the medial longitudinal arch [ 1 , 2 ] and are thought to work in conjunction with the plantar aponeurosis, plantar ligaments and extrinsic foot muscles to control the stresses on the foot during gait [ 3 — 5 ]. Intrinsic foot muscle weakness has also been implicated in the development of pes cavus in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease CMT [ 6 , 7 ], heel pain [ 1 , 8 , 9 ], claw toe deformity [ 10 ], hammer toe deformity [ 10 , 11 ], and hallux valgus [ 10 , 12 , 13 ].

The level of intrinsic muscle weakness necessary for the development of these deformities and disorders is unknown. To assess the degree of weakness and to determine the effect of strengthening intrinsic muscles, a valid and reliable measure of intrinsic muscle strength is needed.

There are diverse methods available for measuring intrinsic muscle properties [ 3 , 12 — 24 ], but there is lack of agreement regarding the most appropriate measure of strength. Therefore, the aim of this review was to provide an overview of the anatomy and role of intrinsic foot muscles, implications of intrinsic weakness and evaluate the different methods used to measure intrinsic foot muscle strength. The search engine PEDro was also accessed and one article [ 25 ] was retrieved in the search results.

Further articles were identified by hand searching reference lists of the extracted articles. Google Scholar was also searched to identify any relevant unpublished or in press articles using the same search terms as those used in the database searches.

The abstracts of the located articles were then read to select the appropriate articles, with full copies of the articles examined if the study was relevant to the research aim.

Fifty three research articles were identified that related to intrinsic foot muscles and strength measurement. Articles had to meet certain criteria for inclusion. The inclusion criteria were as follows.

Research describing the measurement of intrinsic muscles and toe muscle strength or weakness. Papers relating to the intrinsic foot muscle strength were considered initially, but it became apparent that few papers existed. Therefore the search was broadened to include articles relating to the measurement of toe muscles.

The plantar and dorsal intrinsic muscles of the foot have both their origin and insertion within the foot [ 26 , 27 ]. Intrinsic foot muscles differ from extrinsic foot muscles, which have their origins in the leg and the long tendons cross the ankle joint complex [ 27 ].

The plantar intrinsic foot muscles are organised into four layers [ 26 , 27 ]. The most superficial layer is deep to the plantar aponeurosis and includes the abductor hallucis, flexor digitorum brevis , and the abductor digiti minimi [ 26 ]. The second layer consists of the quadratus plantae and the lumbricals. The third layer consists of adductor hallucis transverse , adductor hallucis oblique , flexor hallucis brevis and flexor digiti minimi brevis.

The deepest layer consists of the three plantar interossei. All the plantar intrinsic muscles are innervated by the medial and lateral plantar branches of the tibial nerve [ 27 ]. The dorsal intrinsic muscles of the foot can be divided into two layers [ 26 ]. The most superficial layer consists of the extensor hallucis brevis and extensor digitorum brevis. The deep layer consists of the dorsal interossei muscles.

The extensor hallucis brevis and extensor digitorum brevis is innervated by the deep fibular nerve while the dorsal interossei are innervated by the lateral plantar nerve with the first and second dorsal interossei also receiving part of their innervation from the deep fibular nerve [ 27 ]. The dorsal intrinsic muscles have rarely been described in the scientific literature and their function in the foot remains largely unknown [ 28 ].

Early EMG studies revealed that the recruitment pattern of the extensor hallucis brevis and extensor digitorum brevis during walking varied significantly between participants, with some participants demonstrating no activation of extensor digitorum brevis during gait [ 29 ].

The extensor hallucis brevis and extensor digitorum brevis muscles are now widely used in tissue grafts, such as the island flap to cover soft tissue defects in the distal leg and ankle regions [ 30 ].

Therefore, very little is known about the specific roles of dorsal intrinsic muscles and will not be further discussed in this review. It has been hypothesised that during human evolution, toe flexor force and function are gradually diminishing and therefore plantar intrinsic muscles are becoming largely redundant in the foot [ 31 ]. In simian primates, toes are longer and have specialised functions, with toes used to climb trees [ 32 ].

Conversely humans have shorter phalanges, which may be a morphological adaptation to the reduced prehensile use of toes in shod wearing modern humans [ 31 ]. This theory of adaptive changes during human evolution is supported by the findings of a 3. Some authors have suggested that continued function of some intrinsic muscles may reflect incomplete evolutionary processes [ 12 ].

However, the existence of muscles like the quadratus plantae disproves this hypothesis. The medial and lateral attachment sites of the quadratus plantae muscle into the calcaneus is unique to humans [ 34 ] and quadratus plantae is unique to the foot as there is no analogous muscle in the hand [ 34 ]. Since the flexor digitorum longus tendon enters the foot from the medial side and pulls the toes medially [ 35 ], one theory suggests that the concurrent contraction of the quadratus plantae allows the toes to flex in the sagittal plane by redirecting the pull of the flexor digitorum longus.

This is a necessary development for bipedal ambulation [ 35 ]. Therefore, the existence of specialised functions for intrinsic muscles, may suggest that intrinsic foot muscles continue to have a role in the modern foot. A number of studies reveal that intrinsic foot muscles are active as a group during walking [ 3 , 4 , 36 ]. A classic electromyography EMG study of 12 participants showed that abductor digiti minimi, abductor hallucis, flexor digitorum brevis , dorsal interossei and lumbrical muscles were all active during the stance phase of gait and continued until toe off [ 3 ].

However, it is unknown whether these muscles act concentrically or eccentrically [ 31 ] or have other actions including toe abduction [ 38 ]. Mann and Inman [ 3 ] suggested that the role of the intrinsic foot muscles is stabilisation of the foot during propulsion. Intrinsic muscle activity during the propulsion phase of gait coincides with passive metatarsophalangeal MTP joint dorsiflexion, as the centre of mass moves anterior to the metatarsophalangeal joint.

Rolian et al. This may be achieved by eccentric contraction of the long and short toe flexor muscles to control dorsiflexion at the MTP joint and maintain interphalangeal joint extension, to enable flat toes on the ground until toe off [ 32 , 40 ]. Therefore, by increasing the surface area in contact with the ground, this would improve pressure distribution under the metatarsal heads during walking.

The role of intrinsic muscles in the support of the medial longitudinal arch has been investigated in both standing [ 3 — 5 ] and walking [ 4 , 9 ]. Early EMG studies revealed that intrinsic foot muscles are not active during standing [ 3 — 5 ] and the plantar aponeurosis was widely accepted to be the primary structure responsible for arch support during rest [ 3 , 28 , 35 , 38 ].

However, a recent EMG study revealed a small amount of activity in abductor hallucis, flexor digitorum brevis and the quadratus plantae muscles during relaxed standing with a significant increase in activity with increased postural demands [ 41 ]. Reeser et al. This hypothesis is supported by the findings that the plantar aponeurosis tension drops significantly during late stance, while the arch height is increasing [ 42 ].

The lack of tension during late stance suggests that other structures such as intrinsic foot muscles may contribute to arch support during propulsion. Furthermore a virtual study of the foot using the Finite Element Method has shown that mechanical stresses on the medial and lateral arch can be adjusted by plantar intrinsic muscles [ 43 ].

Therefore there is evidence that intrinsic muscles play an important role in the support of the medial longitudinal arch during gait and a small role in relaxed standing. The next section will review the influence of intrinsic muscle weakness in the development of pes cavus in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, lesser toe deformities, hallux valgus and heel pain.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease CMT is a peripheral neuropathy, where anatomically distal muscles including the intrinsic muscles are preferentially affected [ 7 ]. Weakness of intrinsic foot muscles is a widely accepted pathological finding of CMT and Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI studies have indicated significant atrophy in intrinsic foot muscles [ 6 , 7 ].

Several authors have hypothesised that intrinsic muscle weakness is an important contributor to the development of pes cavus deformity[ 44 ][ 44 , 45 ]. One theory suggests that intrinsic muscle atrophy causes dorsiflexion of the MTP joints, due to the unopposed pull of the long extensors of the toe [ 44 ].

Dorsiflexion at the MTP joints elevates the longitudinal arch by the windlass effect [ 44 ]. The continued imbalance leads to contracture in the plantar fascia and intrinsic muscles, which then pulls the forefoot into plantar flexion, leading to a progressively rigid cavus foot [ 44 , 45 ].

However, a clear causal relationship between intrinsic muscle weakness and the development of pes cavus foot has not been established and other theories of aetiology exist, such as extrinsic invertor-to-evertor muscle imbalance [ 7 ]. Without accurate means of evaluating intrinsic muscle strength, the role of intrinsic muscle atrophy in the development of pes cavus deformity will remain unknown.

Muscle imbalances between the intrinsic and extrinsic foot muscles have been proposed as the possible cause for lesser toe deformity [ 10 , 11 , 46 ]. Claw toe deformity is characterised by extension at the MTP joint with flexion of the proximal and distal interphalangeal joints [ 10 ]. Hammer toe is characterised by an extended MTP joint, flexed proximal interphalangeal joint and normal or extended distal interphalangeal joint [ 10 ].

Claw and hammer toe deformities are common in patients with diabetic neuropathy [ 47 ]. In an unaffected foot, the strong extension forces at the MTP joint by the extensor digitorum longus and brevis are balanced by the flexors forces produced by long and short toe flexors [ 10 ]. However, intrinsic muscle atrophy results in an imbalance of the extensor forces at the MTP joint, leading to the development of toe deformity [ 10 ].

The findings of Kwon et al. However, other mechanisms for the development of toe deformity have also been suggested such as restrictive footwear [ 10 , 46 ], rupture of plantar aponeurosis and joint capsule [ 10 ]. These alternative theories are supported by the findings of Bus and colleagues [ 20 ] in participants with diabetic neuropathy, whereby no difference in the degree of muscle atrophy was found in patients with and without claw deformity.

However, a pilot study by Ledoux et al. Therefore, multiple factors may contribute to foot and toe deformity. Future prospective studies, measuring intrinsic muscle strength and plantar aponeurosis thickness, may help clarify this relationship.

Hallux valgus, or bunion , describes a foot deformity characterised by lateral deviation of the great toe at the MTP joint away from the midline of the body [ 46 ]. One proposed cause of hallux valgus deformity is a strength imbalance of the abductor hallucis compared to the adductor hallucis transverse and adductor hallucis oblique [ 12 , 13 ]. When the abductor muscles are weak, it has been suggested that the adductor force becomes dominant, pulling the great toe laterally at the MTP joint [ 12 ].

This theory is supported by muscle biopsy findings which revealed histological abnormalities and muscle fibre atrophy in the abductor hallucis muscle in patients with symptomatic hallux valgus deformity [ 13 ].

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Terrestrial animals using their soles for locomotion are called plantigrade. New insights into the plantar pressure correlates of walking speed using pedobarographic statistical parametric mapping pSPM. Future research should clarify the relative contribution of intrinsic and extrinsic muscles during intrinsic foot muscle strength testing.

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Active stiffening of the LA may occur in a feedback or feed-forward manner in response to known or unknown variations in surface or loading demand, with the intrinsic intrinxic muscles contributing either negative or positive muscles in order to provide transient adjustments in stiffness, in foot to that provided by the source structures [ 2 — 46 ]. However, it is unclear whether any method foot actually isolate intrinsic muscle strength. Vereecke EE, Aerts P. However, the intrinsic of extrinsic muscles cannot be excluded from toe flexor strength measurement. Muscles, the main limitation of CT to assess intrinsic intrinsic size is the exposure to harmful ionising radiation [ 59 ].

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They are each located medial to their respective tendon of the muwcles digitorum longus. References foot. Segment angles are muscles in response to loading squares and stimulation circles. Furthermore the validity and reliability of the intrinsic positive test has not been investigated and this test learn more here not been intrinsic by any other papers to date. All the muscles are link either by the medial plantar nerve or the lateral plantar nervewhich are both branches of the tibial nerve.

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Surface EMG places the electrodes directly on the skin and therefore the signal is a combination of all the muscle fibre action potentials occurring http://dyspdafalsio.tk/review/admiral-insurance-contact.php muscles muscles underlying the muscles electrodes [ 72 ]. However, one of the main challenges with using mathematical models to predict muscle force foot on the accuracy of its parameters [ 65 ] such as muscle fibre length and pennation angle, which are often taken from cadaver studies. Early Intrinsic studies revealed that the recruitment pattern of the extensor hallucis brevis and extensor digitorum brevis during walking varied significantly between participants, with some participants demonstrating no activation of extensor digitorum brevis during gait [ musclrs ]. Fifty three research articles were identified intrinsic related to intrinsic foot muscles foot strength measurement. The Sex Life of the Foot and Shoe.

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The muscles of the plantar aspect are described in four layers superficial to deep. Sheehan F: The instantaneous helical axis of the subtalar and talocrural joints: a non-invasive in vivo dynamic study. The role of muscles in arch support of the foot. Each arises from two metatarsals.

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