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Foot Windlass Mechanics Intro

Foot Windlass Mechanism was first described by Hicks in 1954









Windlass mechanics

Demonstration of the Windlass Mechanism






Foot Windlass Mechanics Explained

Windlass Mechanics integral part of gait mechanics











Windlass Mechanics in the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity

PCFD Wt Bearing

PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity Standing









Above midstance photo is taken from a patient having the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity.  Note, that when weight is applied to this foot structure, the inner longitudinal arch collapses.


PCFD Windlass Mechanics

PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, weight on forefoot at heel lift








Above heel lift photo is taken from the same patient.  Note, that when the toes are flexed (e.g., at heel lift), the inner longitudinal arch is reestablished.  This is the direct result of Windlass Mechanics acting on the foot.  

When analyzing treadmill videos of patients having the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, one will observe the Windlass Mechanics.


Professor/Dr Brian A Rothbart

Director of Research, International Academy of RPT

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