Foot type analysis based on electronic pedobarography data in individuals with joint hypermobility syndrome/Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type during upright standing

Veronica Cimolin, Manuela Galli, Claudia Celletti, Massimiliano Pau, Marco Castori, Gianfranco Morico, Giorgio Albertini, Filippo Camerota

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Abstract

Background: Joint hypermobility syndrome/Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type (JHS/EDS-HT) is a rheumatologic condition characterized by generalized joint hypermobility and musculoskeletal and nonmusculoskeletal findings related to congenital laxity of connective tissue. Because foot pain and other foot problems are reported to make daily life problematic to manage for individuals with JHS/EDS-HT, and thanks to the availability of modern technology, the aim of the present study was to quantitatively characterize foot type in individuals with JHS/EDS-HT during upright standing.

Methods: Forty feet of 20 women with JHS/EDS-HT (mean ± SD age, 36.03 ± 14.01 years) were assessed clinically and with a pressure-sensitive mat during upright standing.

Results: Forty-five percent of feet had a high arch (pes cavus), 27.5% had a normal arch, and 27.5% had a low arch (pes planus or flatfoot).

Conclusions: From a clinical perspective, the characterization of foot type in JHS/EDSHT is important to identify, develop, and enhance the rehabilitative options. An understanding of the relationship between pes cavus and foot pain in these patients could, in fact, improve the clinical management of these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)588-593
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Volume104
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Podiatry

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