A comparison of hallux valgus angles assessed with computerised plantar pressure measurements, clinical examination and radiography in patients with diabetes

D.M.C. Janssen, A.P. Sanders, N.A. Guldemond, J. Hermus, G.H.I.M. Walenkamp, L.W. van Rhijn

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Abstract

Background: Hallux valgus deformity is a common musculoskeletal foot disorder with a prevalence of 3.5% in adolescents to 35.7% in adults aged over 65 years. Radiographic measurements of hallux valgus angles (HVA) are considered to be the most reproducible and accurate assessment of HVA. However, in European countries, many podiatrists do not have direct access to radiographic facilities. Therefore, alternative measurements are desired. Such measurements are computerised plantar pressure measurement and clinical goniometry. The purpose of this study was to establish the agreement of these techniques and radiographic assessments.

Methods: HVA was determined in one hundred and eighty six participants suffering from diabetes. Radiographic measurements of HVA were performed with standardised static weight bearing dorsoplantar foot radiographs. The clinical goniometry for HVA was measured with a universal goniometer. Computerised plantar pressure measurement for HVA was executed with the EMED SF-4 (R) pressure platform and Novel-Ortho-Geometry software. The intra-class correlation coefficients (ICC) and levels of agreement were analysed using Bland & Altman plots.

Results: Comparison of radiographic measurements to clinical goniometry for HVA showed an intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) of 0.81 (95% confidence interval, 0.76 to 0.86; p

Conclusions: The agreement of computerised plantar pressure measurement and clinical goniometry for HVA compared to radiographic measurement of HVA is unsatisfactory. Radiographic measurements of HVA and clinical goniometry for HVA yield better agreement compared to radiographic measurements and computerised plantar pressure measurement. The traditional radiographic measurement techniques are strongly recommended for the assessment of HVA.

Original languageEnglish
Article number33
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Foot and Ankle Research
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2014

Keywords

  • 3-STEP PROTOCOLS
  • MANCHESTER SCALE
  • FOOT STRUCTURE
  • RELIABILITY
  • VALIDATION
  • FOOTPRINT
  • VALIDITY
  • ANKLE
  • REPRODUCIBILITY
  • PREVALENCE

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