Foot and Ankle Research Retreat: concensus statement

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2004 Sep;34(9):A2-4.


It is well recognized that the foot is a complex structure with 26 bones and over 30 articulations. Measuring its mechanics is a formidable task that is usually accomplished with a simplification of the system. The papers presented at this meeting provided some of the most current research in the area of multisegment foot modeling. The scientific discussions were rich as the small, intimate, and collegial environment encouraged an open flow of ideas. It was acknowledged that much work is still needed in the development of foot models to improve the measurement of foot mechanics. However, there was a strong sentiment among the participants to begin to apply these models to clinical problems. It was suggested that this be the focus of the next Foot and Ankle Research Retreat.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ankle Joint / physiology*
  • Foot Joints / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Research Design