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Symptomatic pes planus in children: A synthesis of allied health professional practices

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posted on 17.01.2021, 23:40 by SC Morrison, M Tait, E Bong, KJ Kane, Christopher Nester
© 2020 The Author(s). Background: This study sought to explore professional perspectives on the assessment and management of symptomatic pes planus in children. Methods: Data was collected from three professional groups (podiatrists, physiotherapists, and orthotists) with experience of managing foot problems in children. The survey was undertaken in the United Kingdom via a self-administered, online survey. Data was captured over a four-month period in 2018. Results: Fifty-five health professionals completed the survey and the results highlighted that assessment techniques varied between professions, with standing tip-toe and joint range of motion being the most common. Treatment options for children were diverse and professionals were adopting different strategies as their first line intervention. All professions used orthoses. Conclusions: There were inconsistencies in how the health professionals assessed children presenting with foot symptoms, variation in how the condition was managed and differences in outcome measurement. These findings might be explained by the lack of robust evidence and suggests that more effort is needed to harmonise assessment and treatment approaches between professions. Addressing discrepancies in practice could help prioritise professional roles in this area, and better support the management of children with foot pain.

History

Publication Date

23/01/2020

Journal

Journal of Foot and Ankle Research

Volume

13

Issue

1

Article Number

5

Pagination

7p. (p. 1-7)

Publisher

Springer Nature

ISSN

1757-1146

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