This study aimed to determine within- and between-day reliability characteristics of electromyographic (EMG) activity patterns of selected lower leg muscles and kinematic variables in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and pes planovalgus. Five patients with RA underwent gait analysis barefoot and shod on two occasions 1 week apart. Fine-wire (tibialis posterior [TP]) and surface EMG for selected muscles and 3D kinematics using a multi-segmented foot model was undertaken barefoot and shod. Reliability of pre-determined variables including EMG activity patterns and inter-segment kinematics were analysed using coefficients of multiple correlation, intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) and the standard error of the measurement (SEM).
- rheumatoid arthritis
- gait analysis