A new paradigm to managing the impact of inflammatory foot and ankle disease

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Foot and ankle involvement is common in inflammatory joint disease. Recent evidence has identified persistent foot disease, pain and walking disability in patients in disease remission state. We propose a new paradigm of allied health professions led (podiatry) management strategies which align to the treat-to-target principles. These exploit extended scope practice primarily directed towards diagnostic ultrasound, targeted treatment to residual inflammatory lesions, and mechanical-based therapies including custom foot orthoses for joint protection and functional optimisation. Therefore delegates on attending this lecture will be able to:

- Appreciate the role of inflammatory and mechanical factors in foot and ankle on disease impact (impairments and associated disability),

- Understand more fully extended podiatry assessment and management strategies based on the treat-to-target principle,

- Describe structured patient management targeting residual inflammatory lesions and mechanical deficits in the foot and ankle.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A17
Number of pages1
JournalAnnals of Rheumatic Diseases : the EULAR journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013


  • foot and ankle disease
  • inflammatory joint disease
  • foot health
  • inflammatory arthritis

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