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Gait abnormalities following rupture of the tendo Achillis: a pedobarographic assessment.
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PMID:  16049244     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
One of the factors that influence the outcome after rupture of the tendo Achillis is abnormality of gait. We prospectively assessed 14 patients and 15 normal control subjects using an in-shoe plantar pressure measurement system. There was a significant reduction in peak mean forefoot pressure in the early period of rehabilitation (p < 0.001). There was a concomitant rise in heel pressure on the injured side (p = 0.05). However, there was no difference in cadence, as determined by the duration of the terminal stance and pre-swing phases as a proportion of total stance. The forefoot pressure deficit in the group with tendon ruptures was smaller when assessed six months after the injury but was still significant (p = 0.029). Pedobarographic assessment confirms that there are marked abnormalities within the gait cycle. Rehabilitation programmes which address these abnormalities may improve outcome.
M L Costa; D Kay; S T Donell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume     Volume:  87     ISSN:  0301-620X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Bone Joint Surg Br     Publication Date:  2005 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-28     Completed Date:  2005-09-06     Revised Date:  2010-11-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375355     Medline TA:  J Bone Joint Surg Br     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1085-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
The Institute of Health, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Achilles Tendon / injuries*,  surgery
Casts, Surgical
Foot / physiopathology
Middle Aged
Postoperative Period
Prospective Studies
Rupture / rehabilitation

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