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Podiatric Involvement in the Multidisciplinary Stroke Rehabilitation Team.

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by melaniefeduniw, Oct 25, 2011.

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    Dear Community,

    I am seeking literature evidence on podiatric involvement in the multidisciplinary stroke rehabilitation team.

    Can anybody suggest some articles not to be missed?....Or even some unpublished articles?

    Many Thanks in advance.

  2. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Hi Melanie,

    There was a short article in Pod Now on this;
    Burbidge P (2005) Stroke: a podiatric perspective. Podiatry Now, 8(7):26-28. http://www.scpod.org/EasysiteWeb/getresource.axd?AssetID=1937&type=full&servicetype=Inline

    When I presented a vascular/neuro case study for my 3rd year Viva, I used this reference (but can`t locate it online now, sorry);
    The involvement of podiatrists in establishing care pathways in a multi-disciplinary setting is highlighted in the Department of Health paper (2005); `Clinical Improvement Priorities – specific Group, Stroke`;
    1. To Introduce an Education package for Stroke patients, Carers, Family to encourage personal care, confidence and independence
    2. Access to appropriate Footwear
    3. Podiatry involved in acute phase for lower limb assessment to determine lower limb stroke related co-morbidities and determine risk status and develop associated care pathways.

    Also found this on the DH site, which you may already be aware of;
    National Stroke Strategy;
    http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/documents/digitalasset/dh_081059.pdf A quote from this site;
    14. Specialist teams may be more important in the early stages of rehabilitation, while
    generic teams can be appropriate for the later stages. However, the configuration of
    community teams is less important than ensuring that these teams are multidisciplinary
    and all staff have the right specialist skills to help rehabilitate people who have had
    a stroke. The skills of allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational
    therapists and speech and language therapists are important, as are other services
    such as podiatry, continence services and community mental health services.

    This next report outlines a review of issues relevant to Allied Health Professionals and Nurses in the management of ankle-foot orthoses following acute stroke. I picked out a couple of points, which you may find useful;
    Multidisciplinary Working
    • AHPs and nurses are central to the rehabilitation of patients following
    stroke, including the application of AFO.
    • The need to share and disseminate best practice in the application
    and management of AFO to a multiprofessional audience was

    Podiatrists specialise in the assessment, treatment and
    management of patients with foot and
    lower-limb disorders. They play a particularly
    important role in helping people to stay mobile,
    and therefore independent

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  3. Thank you Blinda.

    Thats great.

    Any further recommendations are most welcome.

    Kind Regards,


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