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Journal of Foot and Ankle Research

, 3:32

First Online: 22 December 2010Received: 21 December 2009Accepted: 22 December 2010

Abstract

BackgroundIn order to facilitate normal gait, toes require to be in a rectus position during the propulsive phase. This requires a correct balance and sequence of activity of the intrinsic musculature of the feet. Alteration of this balance and sequence may lead to the development of claw toes. Atrophy of the lumbricals occurs in the development of claw toes, but it is not known if changes occur in any other intrinsic muscles, including flexor digitorum brevis. This study set out to investigate whether hypertrophic changes were evident in flexor digitorum brevis in feet with claw toes.

MethodsFour cadaver feet were investigated, two with rectus toes and two with claw toes. Flexor digitorum brevis was removed from each, and seven anatomically significant tissue sections from each muscle were routinely processed, cut and stained. One hundred and sixty muscle fibre cross sectional areas were measured from each section.

ResultsThe mean age of the donors was 81.5 years, and three of the four were female. Results showed that the cross sectional area of fibres from feet with claw toes was 417 μg significantly greater p < 0.01 than the cross sectional area of fibres from feet with rectus toes, which was 263 μg.

ConclusionsAlthough this study has several limitations, preliminary observations reveal that flexor digitorum brevis muscle fibre cross sectional area is significantly reduced in feet with claw toes. This would indicate a relationship between muscle fibre atrophy of flexor digitorum brevis and clawing of the lesser toes.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1757-1146-3-32 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Jackie Locke - Stuart A Baird - Jamie Frankis

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