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01-12-2020 | Commentary | Uitgave 1/2020 Open Access

Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 1/2020

The mystery of the COVID toes – turning evidence-based medicine on its head

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Journal of Foot and Ankle Research > Uitgave 1/2020
Auteurs:
Ivan R. Bristow, Alan M. Borthwick
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Abstract

The recent and rapid emergence of COVID-19 infection has led to a flood of publications describing all aspects of the disease and its presentation. The appearance of chilblain-like lesions, in children and young adults has particularly caught the attention of healthcare professionals with an interest in the foot. With such a novel infection, demand for information is high at a time when evidence is scarce. Consequently, there has been a renaissance in the publication of case studies. This type of research, previously relegated from many mainstream journals, as a low level source of evidence, has permitted the rapid reporting, publication and dissemination of much needed clinical data which can be used as a foundation to inform further research and investigations about a new global infection.

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