The effectiveness of a multidisciplinary foot care program for children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: an exploratory trial

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-476
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume45
Issue number5
Early online date10 Apr 2013
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StatePublished - May 2013

Abstract

The aim of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of multidisciplinary foot-care, and to evaluate the methodological considerations of a trial of multidisciplinary care in juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Standard medical care was compared with a 12 month program of multidisciplinary foot-care informed by musculoskeletal ultrasound. This program was centred on strict disease control through rigorous examination and interventions delivered by a team comprised of a paediatric rheumatologist, podiatrist, physiotherapist and musculoskeletal ultrasonographer. Patients were assessed on foot impairment and disability scores using the Juvenile Arthritis Foot Disability Index.

Keywords

  • juvenile idiopathic arthritis, foot research, physiotherapy, podiatry

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