The neuropathic foot

  • A. Bardot
  • A. B. Ward
  • G. Curvale

Abstract

The foot is essentially adapted for plantargrade bipedal standing and for locomotion. Through its precise and complex biomechanics, it has developed phylogenetically from a part of a posterior limb to a part of an inferior limb. It can only function normally under control of an intact nervous system. There are two major nerve pathways which, through their network, regulate all aspects of the foot’s function: first, centripetal afferent pathways supplying the brain and spinal cord with indispensable conscious and subconscious information; second, centrifugal efferent motor pathways providing the working foot with the necessary energy (both in quantity and distribution) for an adequate “kinetic” function which immediately adapts to the specific requirements for each of the foot’s tasks, and which must be biomechanically harmonious with the overlying kinetic chains.

Keywords

Torque Neuropathy Immobilization Neurol Acetyl Choline 

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  • A. B. Ward
  • G. Curvale

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