Subtalar Joint Neutral Position

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Subtalar Joint Neutral Position:
Defined as the position of the subtalar joint when it is neither pronated nor supinated.

• patient prone, posterior aspect of calcaneus in the frontal plane (elevate opposite hip to achieve this)
• palpate talus…
• observe or measure the angle between the posterior bisections of the calcaneus and lower third of the leg

Reliability – different studies have found the determination of subtalar joint neutral to vary from poor to moderate .

Sources of error:
• posterior aspect of calcaneus is not in the frontal plane
• bisections improperly drawn
• may be difficult if obese or oedema present

Other methods:

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