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BACKGROUND The growing popularity of endurance sports activities is associated with a growing number of metatarsal stress fractures in recreational runners. Excessive foot loading has been suggested as a potential cause for these problems [Bennell, K, Matheson G, Meeuwisse W, Brukner P. Risk factors for stress fractures. Sports Med 1999;28(2):91-122].(More)
BACKGROUND The human foot has to bear loads during all kinds of bipedal locomotion throughout the whole life. Rapid developmental changes of foot morphology and foot function occur during the first years of walking. Furthermore, disease dependent modifications can also have an influence on plantar loading. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that foot(More)
OBJECTIVE To detect gait alterations in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients using peak pressure curves (PPC) and normalized force curves (NFC) instead of clinical classification based on the health assessment questionnaire (HAQ). METHODS Three RA groups--30 patients each--were classified according to their HAQ score. Cluster analysis based on a k-means(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common diseases worldwide and the number of patients is expected to increase dramatically in future. Plantar ulceration is partly caused by high plantar pressures and a major complication in diabetic patients. PURPOSE The aim of this study was to investigate the pressure-relieving effects of two vacuum(More)
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