Although foot and ankle pain affects an estimated 20% of the general population and this figure rises to around 90% in people with rheumatoid arthritis, they are frequently trivialised and overlooked. Podiatry and foot health services should, therefore, be a vital part of all MSK and rheumatology services but all too often that's not the case.
This webinar will explore the role of podiatry in multidisciplinary rheumatology & MSK teams and provide examples of how foot health needs can be provided within clinical pathways.
The first presentation by Dr Mike Backhouse (University of York) will summarise the latest evidence regarding access to foot care services, update attendees on the latest guidelines, and provide examples of different models for delivering foot health services. Prof Cathy Bowen (University of Southampton) will then look at the early findings from a systematic review of guidelines for the management of foot health. She will discuss her recent analysis of the UK GP database of encounters and referrals for foot pain and arthritis. She will also present common themes emerging from interviews with GPs and commissioners, patients, and podiatrists and consider how foot health can be addressed in MSK pathways.
The webinar is aimed at commissioners and managers of MSK services and everyone involved in treating patients with MSK conditions affecting foot health.