Understanding foot motion is pivotal to understanding lower extremity mechanics during gait. The aim of the second Foot and Ankle Research Retreat was to address the issues related to the measurement of foot motion. It was sponsored by the Foot and Ankle Special Interest Group and the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA, along with the Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California, and was held this past spring. A variety of different foot models were presented. Issues related to reliability and validity were discussed. New techniques, including the use of gait simulators and fast-PC MRI imaging, were presented. The description of this retreat, along with the abstracts of the presentations and the consensus statement from the participants are included in this issue. It is hoped that, as those interested in measuring foot motion read through these abstracts and the consensus statement, ideas for future research will be generated.
J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2004; 34(9):502-503. doi:10.2519/jospt.2004.0109
Key Words: foot motion, lower extemity mechanics, gait