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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-22

Plantar aponeurosis thickness and foot arch index: Any significant structural relationship?

Department of Anatomy, Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Southeast, Nigeria

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Egwu A Ogugua
Department of Anatomy, Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi
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DOI: 10.4103/2315-7992.143402

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Introduction: The Plantar fascia has been linked to the structural integrity of the human arch. However, no statistical relationship has been established. This work aimed at establishing a statisticostructural relationship between the plantar aponeurosis thickness (PAT) and the arch index. Materials and Methods: PAT was measured by ultrasound while foot anthropometric parameters were measured using the methods established by Huang et al. (2004) and Krishan (2007). Results: There was a significant meaningful correlation between PAT and arch index (r<0.05) and a significant negative correlation between PAT and Breadth at heel. There was no correlation between PAT and various aspects of length of the foot. Conclusion: This result infers that there is a direct structural and statistical relationship between the plantar fascia thickness and the foot arch index. This relationship can be very useful in the surgical release plantar fascia and management of plantar fasciitis.

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