Journal Search Engine
Search Advanced Search Adode Reader(link)
Download PDF Export Citaion korean bibliography PMC previewer
ISSN : 2092-8475(Print)
ISSN : (Online)
Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research Vol.9 No.1 pp.1398-1405

The Effects of Heel Off Stairway Walking Exercise on Ankle Muscle Activity and Static Balance of University Students With Ankle Instability

Hyung Min Oha,Bum Chul Junga,Byeong Jo Kimb,Ye Ju Kanga,Ji Eun Leea,Kyung Tae Yooa
aNamseoul University, Cheonan
bDongeul University, Busan, Korea
Address for correspondence Kyung Tae Yoo, PT, Ph.D Department of Physical Therapy, Namseoul University, 91, Daehak-ro, Seonghwaneup, Seobuk-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, Republic of Korea Tel: 82-041-580-2530


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of heel off stairway walking exercise on the increase of muscle activity and balance activity of the ankle joint muscles
in university students with functional ankle instability. The conservative treatment for the control group consisted of stairway walking (n=10) and the experimental group consisted of heel off stairway walking (n=11). The therapeutic intervention of the control and experimental groups was performed a total of 12 exercise sessions, 3 times per week for 4 weeks. To compare the two groups, the level of ankle disability was assessed by using the EMG, BT4 and Pedoscan in pre-treatment and post-treatment. Muscle activity increased in both the experimental groups and control groups in each group, however there was no significant difference between the groups. Balance ability did not show any significant difference. This study demonstrates that heel-off stairway walking is effective in significantly increasing muscle activity, however did not significantly improve balance ability.