Experimental evidence supporting isometric functioning of the extrinsic toe flexors during gait

The extrinsic toe flexors, flexor hallucis longus and flexor digitorum longus, play an important role in stabilizing the longitudinal arch and supporting high forefoot loads during the stance phase of gait. It was hypothesized that these muscles function isometrically during stance, a strategy thought to provide efficient energy transfer across adjoining body segments, but one for which there is little direct experimental evidence in vivo or in situ.

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Experimental evidence supporting isometric functioning of the extrinsic toe flexors during gait

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