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Left toe grip strength and lumbar spine/ankle joint disease are associated with falls among frail older women

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Title: Left toe grip strength and lumbar spine/ankle joint disease are associated with falls among frail older women
Authors: Nishida, Takahiro / Nakao, Rieko / Nishihara, Mika / Kawasaki, Ryoko / Honda, Sumihisa
Issue Date: Oct-2018
Publisher: Nagasaki University School of Medicine / 長崎大学医学部
Citation: Acta medica Nagasakiensia, 62(1), pp.1-6; 2018
Abstract: Background: Although toe grip strength has been closely associated with physical performance, the association between toe grip strength and history of falls in older adults remains unclear. The purpose of our study was to investigate the associations between physical function testing, including toe grip strength and falls in the previous 12 months, in community-dwelling frail older women. Methods: Forty-eight participants aged ≥65 years who were screened by a frailty checklist were included. We compared the faller group (n=18) and non-faller group (n=30) in terms of physical function including toe grip strength, hand grip strength, five-repetition sit-to-stand test, one-leg standing duration with vision, 5-meter walk test, and timed up-and-go test, as well as history of orthopedic disease. Results: Participants in the faller group had significantly weaker left toe grip strength than those in the non-faller group (p=0.009), whereas the other physical measurements were not found to be significantly different. Regarding orthopedic disease, the faller group had a significantly higher prevalence of lumbar spine and ankle joint disease compared with the nonfaller group (p=0.025 and p=0.001, respectively). Conclusions: Left toe grip strength and lumbar spine/ankle joint disease may be the most important physical function factors for predicting falls in frail older women.
Keywords: toe grip strength / falls / frail older women
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/38667
ISSN: 00016055
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version: publisher
Appears in Collections:Volume 62, No. 1

Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/38667

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