Ultrasonography of the tibialis posterior tendon in rheumatoid arthritis

Fergus Coakley, A. K. Samanta, D. B. Finlay

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This work was carried out to assess the frequency of frank rupture of the tibialis posterior tendon (TPT) in RA and to determine if other pathology in the tendon can be correlated with foot deformity.Clinical, radiographic and ultrasonographic signs of TPT pathology were assessed bilaterally in 28 patients with RA hindfoot involvement. The degree of hindfoot pain, the single-heel-rise test and the tibiocalcaneal angle were assessed clinically. The talometatarsal angle was measured on lateral weight-bearing radiographs. Tendon continuity and thickness were noted on sonography, both in the study group and in a control group of 14 patients.The TPT was significantly thinner in those rheumatoid patients with an abnormal single-heel-rise test when compared those patients with a normal test (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-277
Number of pages5
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1994
Externally publishedYes


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