Disorders of the lower extremity

Jeff Leggit*, Patrick M. Carey, Jason B. Alisangco

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The lower extremities provide the stable platform for locomotion and all movements while upright. They are subject to much higher force loads than the upper extremities. Walking has an impact force of 1.2-3 times a patient’s body weight (BW) and running can increase the impact force anywhere from 7-10 times BW. Compounded over a lifetime, the lower extremities are subject to tremendous loads. Multiple intrinsic and extrinsic factors increase the risk for lower extremity injuries. These include but are not limited to musculoskeletal abnormalities (e.g., pes cavus), obesity, advancing age, chronic illness (e.g., diabetes, COPD), training errors, certain medication use, and previous trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFamily Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Practice
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9783319044149
ISBN (Print)9783319044132
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


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