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Foot problems in psoriatic arthritis: high burden and low care provision
  1. E Hyslop1,
  2. I B McInnes2,
  3. J Woodburn1,
  4. D E Turner1
  1. 1School of Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2Division of Immunology, Infection and Inflammation, The University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor James Woodburn, School of Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA, UK; Jim.Woodburn{at}

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Global functional and disability are equivalent for psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) despite lower levels of peripheral joint damage in PsA for equivalent disease duration.1 Turner et al2 have recently shown that RA is associated with moderate to high levels of foot and ankle-related impairment and disability. We have extended this observation to patients with PsA and included provision of foot care.

A total of 104 consecutive patients with PsA (60 women, 44 men) of mean (SD) age 51 (12) years and a mean disease duration of 10 (9) years were assessed by a single clinician (DET). Foot and ankle-related impairment and disability were measured using …

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  • Funding DET is funded by the UK Arthritis Research Campaign.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.