Inversion

This is the Joint Movements section about the types of movements between bones at joints in the body.

The expressions listed in this category could also be described as:

  • actions at joints
  • actions of muscles, or
  • muscle actions

For a single list of all the movements of the body included in this section see types of movements at joints.


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Short definition of Inversion:

Inversion is a movement in which the plantar surface (sole) of the foot rotates towards the mid-line of the body. Another way to describe this movement is to say that the plantar surface (sole) of the foot turns medially, i.e. turns inwards.

Inversion of the foot is demonstrated and compared with eversion (of the foot) in the following video clip. As shown, eversion is the opposite of inversion.

Example of Inversion: Inversion of the foot is demonstrated in the video clip above.

 

Similar and opposite terms:

Inversion (of the foot)

is the opposite of

Eversion (of the foot)

is similar to and sometimes confused with:

 

is similar to and sometimes confused with:

Supination
(an expression that is also used for a movement of the forearm)

which is the opposite of

Pronation
(an expression that is also used for a movement of the forearm)

Supination = plantarflexion + adduction + inversion

Pronation = dorsiflexion + abduction + eversion

Inversion
(of the foot)

Eversion
(of the foot)

 

Supination
(a term also used for a movement of the forearm)

Pronation
(a term also used for a movement of the forearm)


See also list of definitions of muscle terminology (words used to convey information about specific muscles) - useful for studying human anatomy and physiology, sports sciences e.g. physical education (PE), physiotherapy, and other health sciences.

About this section:

This is the Joint Movements section, which is about the types of movements between bones at joints in the body. Alternatively, terms listed in this category could be described as:

  • actions at joints,
  • actions of muscles or
  • muscle actions.

For a single list summarizing all the movements of the body included in this section see
types of movements at joints.

See also definitions of muscle terminology (words used to convey information about specific muscles) - useful for studying human anatomy and physiology, sports sciences e.g. physical education (PE), physiotherapy, and other health sciences.


Click for pages related to muscles

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