Foot Problems in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus; Under-Recognised and Under-Treated?

Simon Otter, S. Kumar, P. Gow, N. Dalbeth, M. Corkhill, K. Davies, S. Panthakalam, Keith Rome

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Background multidisciplinary care team is well established. However, in systemic lupus erythematosus; (SLE) the need for foot health services and service provision for foot disease is unknown.Foot pathology is common in inflammatory arthritis and the role of the podiatrist in the Objectives with SLE from the patients' perspective.We set out to determine the perceived need and uptake of foot care services among people Methods development process we utilised patient involvement throughout to ensure face and content validity. This instrument was posted to 406 people with SLE attending adult rheumatology clinics across three health boards in Auckland New Zealand. The questionnaire enquired about the occurrence of foot symptoms and their frequency of assessment, the availability of podiatric services and the usefulness of interventions.We developed and tested a new 40-item item self-administered questionnaire, using a 5-stage Results years): 77% respondents experienced foot pain during the course of their lupus and almost one third (31%) reported difficulty with basic foot care. In total, 45% reported current foot pain and the mean (SD) score on a 10cm visual analogue scale was 4.9 (2.2). Half of the patients had discussed their foot pain with their general practitioner (50%) or rheumatologist (49%) and 35% reported ever having had a foot X-ray. Respondents reported there was no significant difference in the frequency with which their hands and feet were examined. Equally, there was no correlation between the reported severity of foot pain and the frequency of foot examination. Despite the frequency of foot complaints only 32.8% had been seen by a podiatrist. Insoles had been prescribed to less than a quarter of respondents (22%) but only 11% of those receiving foot insoles were continuing to wear them and merely three respondents (2%) indicated their foot symptoms had been resolved by their insoles. Being unable to replace insoles was the most commonly cited reason for not continuing with insole therapy. None of the subjects reported that they had been provided with specialist footwear and 8 subjects (6%) underwent foot surgery.From 131 responses, (89% women, mean (SD) age 51 (15.1), mean (SD) diagnosis 12.5 (11.1) Conclusions professionals need to consider a comprehensive foot care plan as part of the holistic management of people with SLE.Foot problems appear to be under-recognised in patients with SLE.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2015
EventEuropean League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Annual Congress - Rome, 10-13 June, 2015
Duration: 17 Jun 2015 → …


ConferenceEuropean League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Annual Congress
Period17/06/15 → …


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