Objectives To examine gait parameters in people with gout during different walking speeds while adjusting for body mass index (BMI) and foot-pain, and to determine the relationship between gait parameters and foot-pain and disability. Method Gait parameters were measured using the GAITRite™ walkway in 20 gout participants and 20 age- and sex-matched controls during self-selected and fast walking speeds. Foot-pain and disability was measured using the Manchester Foot Pain and Disability Index (MFPDI) which contains four domains relating to function, physical appearance, pain and work/leisure. Results At the self-selected speed, gout participants demonstrated increased step time (p=0.017), and stance time (p=0.012), and reduced velocity (p=0.031) and cadence (p=0.013). At the fast speed, gout participants demonstrated increased step time (p=0.007), swing time (p=0.005) and stance time (p=0.019) and reduced velocity (p=0.036) and cadence (p=0.009). For participants with gout, step length was correlated with total MFPDI (r=-0.62, p=0.008), function (r=-0.65, p=0.005) and physical appearance (r=-0.50, p=0.041); stride length was correlated with total MFPDI (r=-0.62, p=0.008), function (r=-0.65, p=0.005) and physical appearance (r=-0.50, p=0.041); and velocity was correlated with total MFPDI (r=-0.60, p=0.011), function (r=-0.63, p=0.007) and work/leisure (r=-0.53, p=0.030). Conclusion Gait patterns exhibited by people with gout are different from controls during both self-selected and fast walking speeds, even after adjusting for BMI and foot-pain. Additionally, gait parameters were strongly correlated with patient-reported functional limitation, physical appearance and work/leisure difficulties, while pain did not significantly influence gait in people with gout.
Stewart, S., Morpeth, T., Dalbeth, N., Vandal, A. C., Carroll, M., Davidtz, L., Mawston, G., Otter, S., & Rome, K. (2015). Foot-related pain and disability and spatiotemporal parameters of gait during self-selected and fast walking speeds in people with gout: A two-arm cross sectional study. Gait & Posture, 22(2), 18-22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2015.11.004