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    Hello Biomech subscribers-
    I am a physical therapist and a PhD student in the early stages of my
    dissertation process and I was hoping to get some views on what happens
    proximally in the lower extremity when there is age related dorsiflexion
    loss at the ankle. Specifically, how do joint moments change around the
    knee and hip and what compensatory mechanisms will show up on a kinematic
    analysis at the trunk, hip and knee? I am specifically interested in tasks
    like stair ascension, sit to stand and incline walking. I would imagine that
    the moments would greatly increase around both the hip and knee. Does
    anyone have any theories about what may occur as a result of this loss of
    dorsiflexion during these activities and how older adults compensate for
    that loss? If anyone is familiar with any studies speaking to these topics
    it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time in advance.
    Rich Ferraro, PT