Changes in prevalence of calcaneal spurs in men & women: A random population from a trauma clinic

Hechmi Toumi, Ryan Davies, Marija Mazor, Raphael Coursier, Thomas Best, Rachid Jennane, Eric Lespessailles

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Background: This study reports the changing prevalence of ankle (Achilles and plantar) spurs with age, in order to comment on their significance to rheumatologists. Methods. 1080 lateral ankle radiographs from each of 9 (50 men and 50 women) age cohorts from 2 to 96 years old of patients attending a trauma clinic were examined and spurs classified as small or large. Results: The prevalence of both Achilles and plantar spurs in relation to the age categories and sex was variable. Overall, there was 38% of the population who had a spur (Achilles or plantar) and only third (11%) with spurs at both sites (Achilles and plantar). Large spurs were more prevalent in older individuals (40 to 79 years). There were no large plantar spurs in individuals <40 years of age and only 2% for the Achilles. The prevalence of spurs (Achilles and plantar) was significantly higher for woman than men in individuals <50 years of age. There was a notable moderate positive correlation (r = 0.71) between both plantar and Achilles spurs for women <30 years of age but no correlation for men (r = -0.03). Conclusion: Plantar and Achilles spurs are highly prevalent in older people and the radiographic appearance of spurs differs between men and women. In individuals < 50 years of age, spur (Achilles and plantar) formation is more common in women than in men. Additionally, there was a notable moderate positive correlation between Achilles and plantar spurs for women <30 years of age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number87
JournalBMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 15 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Achilles
  • Men
  • Plantar
  • Spur
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Changes in prevalence of calcaneal spurs in men & women : A random population from a trauma clinic. / Toumi, Hechmi; Davies, Ryan; Mazor, Marija; Coursier, Raphael; Best, Thomas; Jennane, Rachid; Lespessailles, Eric.

In: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Vol. 15, No. 1, 87, 15.03.2014.

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Toumi, Hechmi ; Davies, Ryan ; Mazor, Marija ; Coursier, Raphael ; Best, Thomas ; Jennane, Rachid ; Lespessailles, Eric. / Changes in prevalence of calcaneal spurs in men & women : A random population from a trauma clinic. In: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2014 ; Vol. 15, No. 1.
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