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Clinical assessment 

Clinical assessment
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Clinical assessment
Author(s):

Lindsey Cherry

, Lucy Gates

, and Catherine Bowen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198734451.003.0011
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date: 09 May 2021

This chapter provides an overview of the importance and process for clinical assessment of the foot and ankle in rheumatology. A reference guide for obtaining a clinical history is provided, in addition to recommendations about considering psychosocial and footwear history. An overview of common screening techniques is provided, with particular reference to common serological and musculoskeletal assessment approaches. Specific examples of movement assessment are considered and the importance of clinical observation and palpation in rheumatic disease is noted in addition to the importance of understanding the complex and changing presentation of pain. Finally, insight about future research directions is provided. Overall, it is intended that readers of this chapter will find useful guidance and practical tips for use in a clinical environment.

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