Structural deformation of longitudinal arches during running in soccer players with medial tibial stress syndrome

Byungjoo Noh, Akihiko Masunari, Kei Akiyama, Mako Fukano, Toru Fukubayashi, Shumpei Miyakawa

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Abstract: The purpose of this study was to compare angular change and translational motion from the medial longitudinal arch (MLA) and lateral longitudinal arch (LLA) during running between medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) and non-MTSS subjects. A total of 10 subjects volunteered, comprising 5 subjects with MTSS and 5 subjects without injury (non-MTSS) as the control group. All subjects performed the test movement that simulated running. Fluoroscopic imaging was used to investigate bone movement during landing in running. Sagittal motion was defined as the angular change and translational motion of the arch. A Mann-Whitney U-test was performed to determine the differences in the measured values between the MTSS and non-MTSS groups. The magnitude of angular change for the MLA and LLA was significantly greater for subjects with MTSS than for control subjects. Translational motion of the MLA and LLA of the MTSS group was also significantly greater than that of the non-MTSS group (all p < 0.05). Soccer players with MTSS have an abnormal structural deformation of foot during support (or stance) phase of running, with a large decrease in both the MLA and LLA. This abnormal motion could be a risk factor for the development of MTSS in these subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-181
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Sport Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 17
Externally publishedYes


  • Medial tibial stress syndrome
  • fluoroscopy
  • foot biomechanics
  • longitudinal arch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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