Forefoot plantar pressures in rheumatoid arthritis

Otter, S.J., Bowen, C.J. and Young, A.K. (2004) Forefoot plantar pressures in rheumatoid arthritis Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, 94 (3). pp. 255-260. ISSN 8750-7315

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Abstract

We sought to investigate the magnitude and duration of peak forefoot plantar pressures in rheumatoid arthritis. The spatial and temporal characteristics of forefoot plantar pressures were measured in 25 patients with a positive diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis of 5 to 10 years’ duration (mean, 8 years) and a comparison group using a platform-based pressure-measurement system. There were no significant differences between groups in the magnitude of peak plantar pressure in the forefoot region. Significant differences were, however, noted for temporal aspects of foot-pressure measurement. The duration of loading over sensors detecting peak plantar pressure was significantly longer in the rheumatoid arthritis group. In addition, the rheumatoid arthritis group demonstrated significantly greater force–time integrals. Significant increases in the temporal parameters of plantar pressure distribution, rather than those of amplitude, may be characteristic of the rheumatoid foot. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 94(3): 255–260, 2004)

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © 2004 Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Subjects: B000 Health Professions > B900 Others in Health Professions > B960 Podiatry
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Health Professions
Depositing User: editor health
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:01
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/879

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