In this episode with chatted with Prof Debbie Turner who gave us a taste of the role of a Podiatrist within a specialist Rheumatology service, the pathologies commonly seen and her approach to the assessment and management of these patients. She also gave some great tips for clinicians who don’t work within Rheumatology, but may well be missing conditions due to their ability to masquerade as musculoskeletal issues.
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About Debbie Turner:
Professor Debbie Turner, PhD is the Director of Academic Program for Podiatric Medicine at the Western Sydney University. Since graduating in 1996 she has always worked clinically and developed a specialist scope of practice in the areas of gait analysis and imaging. Debbie gained an Arthritis Research UK academic fellowship in 2007 and undertook training in musculoskeletal ultrasound and injection therapy to support research activities. The application of an integrated imaging and biomechanical approach to understanding chronic diseases including diabetes and inflammatory joint has been the focus of research activity. She has published extensively in the field of rheumatology, helped to build capacity in podiatry research through PhD supervision and I am currently working on a number of research studies where ultrasound is a fundamental component of the work.