Osteological features associated with ankle hyperdorsiflexion
Article first published online: 21 SEP 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 11, Issue 5, pages 345–349, September/October 2001
How to Cite
Boulle, E.-L. (2001), Osteological features associated with ankle hyperdorsiflexion. Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 11: 345–349. doi: 10.1002/oa.572
- Issue published online: 21 SEP 2001
- Article first published online: 21 SEP 2001
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 JUN 2000
- Manuscript Revised: 31 MAR 2000
- Manuscript Received: 7 JUN 1999
- squatting facet;
- pressure facet;
The habitual adoption of certain gestures and postural habits can result in a variety of non-metric traits, including supernumerary facets that are both articular and non-articular. The squatting facet is a classical example of the former, and generally presents as a lateral articular facet on the neck of the talus that articulates with a facet on the anterior border of the distal tibia. These facets arise owing to the adoption of the squatting position and the hyperdorsiflexed position of the ankle joint, bringing the talus and tibia into immediate approximation. This study reports on the difference between the classical squatting facet and a non-articular facet, which can also present on the neck of the talus but occurs, probably, as a result of soft tissue pressure, rather than bony articulation. It is suggested that whilst the function of the two facets may be similar, their aetiology is likely to be very different. Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.