Plantar Flexion

Plantar Flexion: A principal extension movement of the ankle which results in the foot or toes moving away from the body or the front of the leg. The range of motion of plantar flexion is approximately 50° (40 to 55°). This movement takes place in the sagittal (or frontal) plane, which is the plane in which ankle movement primarily occurs. Plantar flexion can simply be called "ankle flexion" although the midfoot does contribute to the range of motion of this flexion movement. The opposite of plantar flexion is dorsiflexion.

diagram of plantar flexion and dorsiflexion of ankle

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