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A pilot comparison of forefoot plantar pressures in newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis patients and non-rheumatic subjects.

Scalpello, Andrea and Gatt, Alfred and CHOCKALINGAM, Nachiappan (2013) A pilot comparison of forefoot plantar pressures in newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis patients and non-rheumatic subjects. Foot (Edinburgh, Scotland), 23 (4). pp. 120-2. ISSN 1532-2963

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Abstract or description

BACKGROUND

In rheumatoid arthritis (RA) forefoot pathology is often related to increased peak plantar pressures under the metatarsal heads.

OBJECTIVES

This study sought to assess peak plantar pressures in newly diagnosed RA patients compared to non-rheumatic subjects.

METHOD

Plantar pressure in a group of 10 pain free RA patients diagnosed within two years before the starting date of the study and 10 healthy volunteers matched for gender, age and weight were assessed. Each group consisted of seven females and three males aged between 30 and 55 years.

RESULTS

The results showed no significant difference (ρ=0.420) at the hallux, however there was a statistical difference in all the other regions (ρ=0.000 and p=0.011 for 1st MPJ and 2nd-4th MPJ respectively and p=0.007 for 5th MPJ). The RA group had higher pressure underneath the 1st and 2nd-4th MPJ regions and lower pressures underneath the 5th MPJ.

CONCLUSION

Although it is for a small group of patients, the results from this pilot study show that even at an early stage of RA, forefoot pressures are shifted toward the medial MPJs.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A300 Clinical Medicine
B800 Medical Technology
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C600 Sports Science
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Nachiappan CHOCKALINGAM
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2014 08:24
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2014 08:24
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1907

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