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getUBetter launches a new pathway for self-management support of common foot-related injuries and conditions.

By: Natalia Szczepanek, Community Engagement Officer

March 26, 2024

pathway for common injuries and conditions of the foot

getUBetter, a digital self-management support for all common musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries and conditions, has expanded the scope of its offering. Once locally configured to an ICS, getUBetter users will be able to access standardised and personalised support for all common injuries and conditions of the foot.

The new foot pathway supports patients with evidence-based, and clinically safe information, taking them through their recovery day-by-day and providing them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to self-manage. Support is provided through safety netting, advice, exercises, outcome measures, and referral when necessary, and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The content is available in 9 languages, with an option to turn any text into audio (you can read more about our digital inclusion here).

Mechanical foot pain affects 20% of the UK population over 50 years old, with 10% reporting disabling pain impacting their daily activities. 1.8% of GP encounters are due to foot and/or ankle pain, with a high proportion of these patients being referred onwards (to orthopaedics, physiotherapy, or podiatry).  getUBetter’s Chief Clinical Officer, Jenny McCullough, said: “Many common foot conditions will get better with self-management support, so we decided to focus on this MSK foot pathway next. The aim is to help users across the system to safely access relevant evidenced based advice and exercises, but to refer them back into the system if needed.

The new foot upathway is available alongside the other 11 MSK condition pathways, including back, back and leg, hip, knee, ankle, neck, shoulder, elbow, tendinopathy arm and leg, and sprains and strains of the leg. “The clinical team is now working on wrist and hand support, which when released later this year will further extend our MSK self-management support” – she added.