Wider collaboration on lymphoedema research is needed: footwear and gait analysis

Extending teams researching and managing lymphoedema to include orthotists and podiatrists may extend our understanding of the condition and component parts of treatment. New technology, some of which is low cost, enables an increasing range of data and outcome measures. This article highlights the reality of a shortage of studies involving gait analysis and a lack of consideration of the impact of inappropriate footwear on exercise as a key component of lymphoedema management. 

 

Authors

  • Rhian Noble-Jones

    Lymphoedema specialist physiotherapist and university teacher, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

  • Lynne Rowley

    Senior orthotics team lead, NHS Forth Valley, Scotland

  • Chris Rowley

    Orthotic clinical lead, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Scotland

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