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Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia

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BARROCO, Rui et al. Evaluation of metatarsal relationships in the biomechanics of 332 normal feet using the method of measuring relative lengthst. Rev. bras. ortop. [online]. 2011, vol.46, n.4, pp.431-438. ISSN 0102-3616.

OBJECTIVE: To identify the mean normal length of the metatarsals and the most common metatarsal formulas through a simple measurement method, thereby providing surgeons with data for planning treatment on symptomatic individuals with biometric abnormalities of the foot. METHODS: We evaluated and measured dorsoplantar weight-bearing radiographs of normal adult feet (83 males and 83 females). RESULTS: We found relative mean lengths for metatarsus I of 125.4 mm for males and 115.1 mm for females; for metatarsus II, 127.8 mm for males and 117.3 mm for females; for metatarsus III, 123.4 mm for males and 113.5 mm for females; for metatarsus IV, 114.2 mm for males and 105.3 mm for females; for metatarsus V, 99.5 mm for males and 91.7 mm for females. The mean forefoot width was 87.1 mm for males and 80.8 mm for females. CONCLUSION: Feet with index minus occurred most frequently in both sexes, although all three metatarsal formulas can be considered to be normal patterns. The mean normal pattern for males and females respectively was the following: metatarsus I 2.4 mm and 2.2 mm shorter than metatarsus II; metatarsus III 4.4 mm and 3.8 mm shorter than metatarsus II; metatarsus IV 9.2 mm and 8.2 mm shorter than metatarsus III; metatarsus V 14.7 mm and 13.6 mm shorter than metatarsus IV.

Palabras clave : Metatarsal Bones; Adult; Body Weights and Measures.

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