Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Thomas Mohr


Biomechanics; Subtalar Joint


Subtalar joint movement is transmitted proximally to the lower extremity and distally to the forefoot during gait. Thus, the entire lower kinetic chain is influenced by abnormal subtalar joint biomechanics. If the subtalar joint is forced to compensate for structural deformities of the foot and leg, various lower extremity injuries are likely to develop. The purpose of this study is to examine the normal and abnormal biomechanics of the subtalar joint. In the process, the clinician will be able to identify various subtalar joint abnormalities and relate these to their respective lower kinetic chain pathologies. By correctly assessing the cause of the lower extremity injury, the examiner will be able to initiate the appropriate form of treatment.