Podiatry's role in tackling MSK disorders

Podiatrists detect, diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders and are central to reducing the health burden of musculoskeletal disorders in the lower limb.
  • Foot pain affects 20% of the population
  • 10% of people report foot pain as disabling, with reduced quality of life
  • Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of foot pain, yet only 50% of those affected seek help
  • Podiatrists are ideally placed to lead the foot and ankle pathway and prevent unnecessary
  • surgical interventions, by managing foot pain conservatively in a local setting
  • Specialist podiatrists within broader musculoskeletal pathways such as rheumatology, orthopaedics, neurology and paediatrics manage complex foot and ankle conditions effectively,¬†which can provide cost savings.

Download RCPod's policy position: The role of podiatry in tackling MSK disorders (updated April 2019)