Foot function is well preserved in children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis who are optimally managed

Gordon Hendry, Daniel Rafferty, Ruth Barn, Janet Gardner-Medwin, Deborah Turner, James Woodburn

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to compare disease activity, impairments, disability, foot function and gait characteristics between a well described cohort of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) patients and normal healthy controls using a 7-segment foot model and three-dimensional gait analysis.Fourteen patients with JIA (mean (standard deviation) age of 12.4 years (3.2)) and a history of foot disease and 10 healthy children (mean (standard deviation) age of 12.5 years (3.4)) underwent three-dimensional gait analysis and plantar pressure analysis to measure biomechanical foot function. Localised disease impact and foot-specific disease activity were determined using the juvenile arthritis foot disability index, rear- and forefoot deformity scores, and clinical and musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalGait and Posture
Volume38
Issue number1
Early online date11 Oct 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

Keywords

  • juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • multi-segment foot model
  • kinematics
  • kinetics
  • plantar pressure distribution
  • foot function

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