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Curious about thoughts with increasing ankle dorsiflexion research

Exit forum ID Forum Discussion Curious about thoughts with increasing ankle dorsiflexion research

This topic contains 2 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by   William Brady, DC August 3, 2016 at 10:27 am.

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    Christopher Stepien
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      I found this systematic review of ankle dorsiflexion:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2465055/

      My main question is, can someone with a goniometer tell me what 1 degree in AD equates to in our system of inches?

       

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      Keith Puri, DC
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        1 degree = 1mm, which is less than 1/16 of an inch.

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        William Brady, DC
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          To expand on Keith’s post…

          On most people 5.5″ of toe to wall distance (measured via ID system) is about 50 degrees of dorsiflexion. That’s about 9 degrees per inch. To round the math out 1/10 of an inch is 1 degree (to go metric 1/10 of an inch is 2.5 mm).

          The research you linked stated stretching for 15 minutes can add 2-3 degrees to dorsiflexion range. This is about 6 mm or 1/4 inch.

          Let’s get back to the point- this is rounding error as far as the ID system is concerned. This research supports the claim that stretching is a waste of time compared to ID. Think about it- stretching is applying treatment in the absence of a diagnosis AND it doesn’t do the thing it’s supposed to do- increase range in a meaningful range.

          Please tell your patients to stop stretching.

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