Measuring feet length: A psoriatic arthritis case study


  • Massimiliano Polastri 0000-0001-8548-0813
  • Stefano Cantagalli 0000-0002-3517-3118



foot, human body, psoriatic arthritis, referral and consultation


Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a rheumatologic disease occurring in about 30% of patients with cutaneous psoriasis. PsA is an inflammatory arthropathy whose symptom presentation is heterogeneous, including dactylitis, enthesitis, and spondylitis. The primary purpose of this report was to illustrate different feet length in an adult with PsA. A 51-year-old man complained about the difficulty of using shoes of the same size for both feet. It was found that the right foot (26 cm) was 1 cm shorter than the left. Hammertoes, second to fifth, were evident in the right foot. The evaluation of foot deformities –even if not producing specific symptoms– is of significant support to assist clinicians in recommending appropriate shoewear to enhance comfort in athletic and non-athletic users.

Author Biographies

Massimiliano Polastri, 0000-0001-8548-0813

Department of Continuity of Care and Integration, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Stefano Cantagalli, 0000-0002-3517-3118

Department of Emergency, Orthopaedics and Traumatology, IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Bologna, Bologna, Italy


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How to Cite

Polastri M, Cantagalli S. Measuring feet length: A psoriatic arthritis case study. J Int Foot Ankle [Internet]. 2022 Dec. 1 [cited 2023 Oct. 2];1(12). Available from: