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

Gordon Hendry, Gordon Watt, Mhairi Brandon, Lorraine Friel, Deborah Turner, Paula K. Lorgelly, Janet Gardner-Medwin, Roger D. Sturrock, James Woodburn

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



  • juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • foot research
  • physiotherapy
  • podiatry

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