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01-12-2009 | Review | Uitgave 1/2009 Open Access

Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 1/2009

Understanding the nature and mechanism of foot pain

Tijdschrift:
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research > Uitgave 1/2009
Auteurs:
Fiona Hawke, Joshua Burns
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Authors' contributions

FH searched the literature, retrieved articles and drafted the review. JB conceived the review, provided comments on content and made changes to the final document.

Abstract

Approximately one-quarter of the population are affected by foot pain at any given time. It is often disabling and can impair mood, behaviour, self-care ability and overall quality of life. Currently, the nature and mechanism underlying many types of foot pain is not clearly understood. Here we comprehensively review the literature on foot pain, with specific reference to its definition, prevalence, aetiology and predictors, classification, measurement and impact. We also discuss the complexities of foot pain as a sensory, emotional and psychosocial experience in the context of clinical practice, therapeutic trials and the placebo effect. A deeper understanding of foot pain is needed to identify causal pathways, classify diagnoses, quantify severity, evaluate long term implications and better target clinical intervention.

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