Assessment of foot and ankle muscle strength using hand held dynamometry in patients with established rheumatoid arthritis
Carroll, M; Joyce, W; Brenton-Rule, A; Dalbeth, N; Rome, K
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The foot and ankle are frequently affected in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). One of the negative consequences of RA on the physical function of patients is a decrease in muscle strength. However, little is known about foot and muscle strength in this population. The aim of the study was to evaluate significant differences in foot and ankle muscle strength between patients with established RA against age and sex-matched controls using hand-held dynamometry.