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Title: The effects of foot disease on quality of life: results of the Achilles Project
Authors: Katsambas, A.
Abeck, D.
Haneke, E.
van der Kerkhof, P.
Burzykowski, Tomasz
Molenberghs, Geert
Marynissen, Greet
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 19(2). p. 191-195
Abstract: Background: Foot diseases have a high prevalence in the general population, but their impact on quality of life has not been assessed in large-scale studies. Tha Achilles Project surveyed foot disease in patients visiting their primary care physician or dermatologist. Methods: A total of 43593 patients were asked about the impact factor of their condition on their quality of life: pain, discomfort in walking, limitations in daily activities, and embarrassment. Results: Overall, 52,5% of patients had some effect of their quality of life affected by their foot disease. More specifically, 30,7% of patients experienced pain, 40,3% had discomfort in walking, 19,6% had their daily activities limited, and 27,3% were embarrassed. The survey indicated a larger impact of foot disease on the quality of life of women vs. men in all categories, except for daily activities. Similarly, the elderly (≥ 65 years) were more affected by their foot disease, although they suffered no more embarrassement than other age groups. Participation in sports seemed to lower the proportion of patients who had their quality of life adversely affected. Non-fugal foot diseases, particularly ulcer and gangrene, are more likely to cause pain, discomfort in walking and limit daily activities, than fungal diseases. Conclusions: In general, non-fungal foot diseases caused pain, discomfort in walking and limitations in daily activities in more patients than fungal foot diseases, but a higher proportion of patients with fungal foot diseases were embarrassed by their condition than patients with non-fungal foot diseases. The study found that the impact of foot disease on quality of life maybe greater than previously suggested. Given that effective treatments are available, routine examination of patient's feet by dermatologists and primary care physicians may help to reduce the burden of these foot conditions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/5124
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3083.2004.01136.x
ISI #: 000228275500010
ISSN: 0926-9959
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
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