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Athletic Foot Types and Deformities

  • Tim Dutra
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Abstract

The feet of athletes of all ages can be categorized as belonging to one of three specific types: rectus, planus, or cavus. Some athletes who are affected with congenital deformities and who suffer from chronic pain, discomfort, or reoccurring injuries can be treated. Examples of treatable deformities are discussed in this chapter. A basic knowledge of these foot types is necessary for athletes, certified athletic trainers, and sports medicine professionals. With this knowledge, sensible and informed decisions can be made in selecting appropriate footwear and orthoses in their sport. This chapter briefly discusses foot motion and mechanics as well as reviews common sports injuries relating to the deformities of the foot that can predispose athletes to these conditions.

Keywords

Athletic foot types Athletic foot deformities Foot deformities in athletes Foot biomechanics Gait in athletes Pes planus Pes cavus Kohler’s disease Calcaneal apophysitis Sesamoiditis Tailor’s bunion 

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© Springer-Verlag New York 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Dutra
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  1. 1.Student Health Services, California State UniversityHaywardUSA

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