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MINERVA ORTOPEDICA E TRAUMATOLOGICA
A Journal on Orthopedics and Traumatology
Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2004 February;55(1):9-14
Pelvic tilt influence on gait in young adolescent females: an analysis with force platform
Russo G. 1, Pomara F. 1, Mondello E. 2, Pace D. 2, Puleo G. 2, Giaccone D. 2, Caruso F. 3, Gravante G. 1
1 Sezione di Fisiologia Umana Dipartimento di Medicina Sperimentale Facoltà di Medicina Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo
2 Laboratorio di Fisiologia Applicata Facoltà di Scienze Motorie Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo
3 Medeor Poliambulatorio - Palermo
Aim. The aim of this study was to analyse the influence of pelvic tilt on gait in adolescent female subjects using a force platform.
Methods. Nine adolescent females participated to the study (12.33±1.22 years), whose 6 with pelvic tilt.
Results. During standing, the left foot supported, a body weight load percentage, heavier than right foot (52.56±3.78% vs 47.44±3.78%; p<0.05), with similar support surface. During gait, the subjects with similar support times for each foot to the ground showed a significant reduction of load on the right foot compared to the left foot (14.99±12.65 kg vs 29.59±7.21 kg; p<0.01) considering the total plantar support, associated to a reduction of the plantar surface on the right foot (p<0.05) and of the maximum peak pressure (p<0.05). The influence of pelvic tilt on gait was observed using the higher correlation coefficients between the cited parameters.
Conclusion. The study confirms the influence of pelvic tilt on the plantar support during standing and gait in adolescent female subjects and the necessity of treatments for a preventive correction of these pathologies.