Rome, K, Erikson, K, Ng, A, Gow, PJ, Hazra, S and Williams, AE 2013, 'A new podiatry service for patients with arthritis' , the New Zealand medical journal, 126 (1370) , pp. 70-77.
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Aim The aims of this study were to identify the impact of a new podiatric rheumatology service on reducing foot pain, impairment and disability in patients with foot problems associated with rheumatic disease, and to report on patient satisfaction with the service. Method A retrospective study of 245 patients with rheumatic disease at Counties Manukau DHB was conducted. Foot pain, impairment and disability were measured using a self-reporting patient outcome measure, the Foot Function Index. A range of podiatric interventions were reported. A self-administered, postal patient satisfaction questionnaire was sent to 148 patients. Results Over two-thirds of patients were observed with hallux valgus (bunions). The results demonstrate a significant reduction in foot pain (p<0.001) from initial visit to second visit (18% reduction in pain). A significant decrease in foot disability (p=0.04) was found from initial visit to second visit. No significant differences were seen with foot impairment (p=0.78). A variety of intervention measures were used with 24% of patients being prescribed foot orthoses and 28% of patients given footwear advice. The patient satisfaction survey found 84% of patients reported they were satisfied with the new service and 80% of patients reported that the service helped with their foot problems. Conclusion The current service meets the needs of patients who suffer from rheumatological foot conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout. The need for good foot education, provision of foot orthoses and advice on footwear are crucial to reduce the burden on patients with rheumatological foot conditions.
|Themes:||Health and Wellbeing|
Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
|Journal or Publication Title:||the New Zealand medical journal|
|Publisher:||Medical Association of New Zealand|
|Funders:||Non funded research|
|Depositing User:||Dr Anita E Williams|
|Date Deposited:||20 Jun 2014 16:58|
|Last Modified:||30 Nov 2015 23:43|
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