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    I have just finished 3rd year at university. We had a module entitled
    "Observational Gait Analysis" and I have a few questions which I have not
    been able to resolve searching on Pubmed, Sportdiscus or CINAHL.

    We had been taught that the toes pointing toward each other was supination,
    and pointing away from each other was pronation. We were also taught that
    this excessive pronation was the result of a tight piriformis, as this
    muscle controls external rotation of the leg. I have not been able to find
    support for this anywhere. Can anybody offer some info on this please?

    In relation to sports performance: The same lecturer had also taught that
    supinated athletes will sprint faster than pronated athletes, which is why a
    pigeon would win a race with a duck.

    If anybody can shed some light on this, I would be happy to post a summary
    of replies.
    Dan Arbraz
    3rd year student, University of Bedfordshire