General practitioners need referral system guidelines for foot and ankle patients

Less than two-thirds of general practitioner referrals to a dedicated foot and ankle surgical service were considered an appropriate use of referrals, according to research published in The Foot journal. Researchers separated 1,133 referrals from a 12-month period – 974 of which were from a general practitioner – into six categories: first ray, lesser rays, rear-foot, mid-foot, systemic or general issues or issues concerning tendinopath, ligament or soft tissue.

Less than two-thirds of general practitioner referrals to a dedicated foot and ankle surgical service were considered an appropriate use of referrals, according to research published in The Foot journal. Researchers separated 1,133 referrals from a 12-month period – 974 of which were from a general practitioner – into six categories: first ray, lesser rays, rear-foot, mid-foot, systemic or general issues or issues concerning tendinopath, ligament or soft tissue.

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General practitioners need referral system guidelines for foot and ankle patients