Regionalised centre of pressure analysis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Ruth Semple, Deborah Turner, Philip S. Helliwell, James Woodburn

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Rheumatoid arthritis patients alter their gait pattern to compensate for painful foot symptoms. The centre of pressure may be a useful indicator of these altered loading patterns. Our purpose was to undertake a comparison of the regionalised duration and velocity of the centre of pressure between rheumatoid arthritis patients with foot impairments and healthy able-bodied adults. The progression of the centre of pressure through the foot, heel, midfoot, forefoot and toe regions was measured using an EMED-ST pressure platform. Patients walked at self selected cadence. Variables analysed were the average and maximum velocity and the duration of the centre of pressure (as % stance). Alteration of the foot loading patterns in patients with rheumatoid arthritis can be characterised by changes to the centre of pressure patterns. Off-loading the painful and deformed forefoot was a characteristic feature in this patient cohort.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Biomechanics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007



  • rheumatology
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • foot pressure
  • gait

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