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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Research physiotherapist wins national prize

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Martin Thomas, research physiotherapist with IPCHS has been awarded a prize by the leading medical research charity Arthritis Research UK.

The Arthritis Research UK prize in Musculoskeletal Medicine for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals is awarded annually by the charity. Martin won the charity's annual prize in recognition of his three-year study into symptomatic mid-foot osteoarthritis. Martin was awarded the £1,000 cash prize and a silver medal, after beating other physiotherapists to this prestigious award.

Martin said: "I was delighted to have had the opportunity to conduct this research and would like to thank Arthritis Research UK for their recognition of my work. I hope that this work can help raise awareness of the impact of this commonly overlooked condition."

More than 5,100 people took part in the research, which suggest that foot osteoarthritis impacts more than one in six UK adults over the age of 50. However, there is a lack of research describing the occurrence and consequences of this condition and better understanding of the nature and causes of osteoarthritis of the foot would help researchers setting up future clinical trials.