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Physio wins Arthritis Research UK £1,000 prize for research into osteoarthritis foot pain

26 January 2015 - 2:19pm

A physiotherapist has been awarded £1,000 for research he conducted into foot pain caused by osteoarthritis.

Martin Thomas

Martin Thomas hopes that the work can raise awareness of the condition

Martin Thomas, a physiotherapy research associate at Keele university, received the silver medal prize from medical charity Arthritis Research UK.

The charity’s annual prize recognises high quality research that contributes to musculoskeletal medicine. It was awarded to Mr Thomas in recognition of a three-year study into symptomatic mid-foot osteoarthritis.

More than 5,100 people took part in the research. The results suggest that the condition affects 12 per cent of adults aged 50 years and over.

‘Compared to the impact of osteoarthritis at other joint sites such as the hip, knee and hand, there is a lack of research describing the occurrence and consequences of osteoarthritis in the foot,’ Mr Thomas told Frontline.

‘So I hope that this work can help raise awareness of the impact of this commonly overlooked condition.’

He added that a better understanding of the nature and causes of the condition would help researchers setting up future clinical trials.

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