Gait and functional analysis of patients following patellectomy

J. A. Hill, D. R. Moynes, L. A. Yocum

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Twelve patients who had undergone unilateral total patellectomies were subjected to a thorough evaluation which included questionnaire, physical examination, isometric and isokinetic muscle testing and gait analysis. There were seven excellent results, one good, and four fair results. Patients with excellent and good results had a velocity of 75.9 m/min. There was also significant difference between the single limb support time in the excellent and good groups compared with the fair group. Eighty per cent of the patients demonstrated early soleus firing prior to heel contact which is hypothesized to decrease the quadriceps demands at heel strike. Gait analysis revealed direct correlation with functional results, with patients with an excellent or good result having almost a normal gait pattern, compared with the fair group's having marked abnormalities of gait.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)724-728
Number of pages5
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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