A survey of foot problems in juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Gordon Hendry, Janet Gardner-Medwin, Gordon F. Watt, James Woodburn

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Abstract

Evidence suggests that foot problems are common in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), with prevalence estimates over 90%. The aim of this survey was to describe foot-related impairment and disability associated with JIA and foot-care provision in patients managed under modern treatment paradigms, including disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biologic therapies. The Juvenile Arthritis Foot Disability Index (JAFI), Child Health Assessment Questionnaire (CHAQ), and pain visual analogue scale (VAS) were recorded in 30 consecutive established JIA patients attending routine outpatient clinics. Foot deformity score, active/limited joint counts, walking speed, double-support time (s) (DS) and step length symmetry index % (SI) were also measured. Foot-care provision in the preceding 12 months was determined from medical records.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-232
Number of pages12
JournalMusculoskeletal Care
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008

Keywords

  • foot problems
  • podiatry
  • arthritis

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