Journal article

Foot disease and physical function in older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Rebecca K Iseli, Elton K Lee, Ellen Lewis, Gregory Duncan, Andrea B Maier

Australasian Journal on Ageing | WILEY | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVES: To systematically assess the literature examining the association between foot disease (foot ulceration, infection, critical ischaemia and/or Charcot neuroarthropathy) and physical function in older adults. METHODS: Literature search of MEDLINE, Embase and CINAHL was performed. Studies were included if foot disease and physical function were assessed in participants of mean or median age ≥ 65 years. RESULTS: Of 2,574 abstracts screened, 19 studies (13 longitudinal, 6 cross-sectional) reporting on 5634 participants, 43% female, were included. Diabetes-related foot disease and critical ischaemia were most studied (n = 5017, 40% female). In 8 studies with control groups, foot diseas..

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