Delphi study- I have just completed a Delphi survey to develop a concensus amongst the worlds tendon experts of the risk factors associated with Achilles Tendinopathy. The current literature has conflicting findings with no definate concensus. We plan to publish the results in peer reviewed journals and then on this site and others including our twitter feed. These risk factors will be used to develop a valid tool for use in our survey (see below) and for clinical assessment of patients.
Epidemiological study – in Summer/Autumn 2013 we will be completing a study using “Runners World” magazine to disseminate a survey to 13,000 UK runners. The aim of this study is to determine the Incidence of Achilles Tendinopathy in the UK running population and also to develop an improved knowledge of the risk factors associated with Achilles Tendinopathy. This survey will primarily be postal but we will also be completing an associated web based survey using the same tool, this will be linked as a pop-up on several popular running websites.
As part of this study we aim to collect genetic samples from people with Achilles Tendinopathy to assess against known genetic markers. This will be done by a collaboration with Dr Stuart Raliegh.
Experimental studies- We are currently recruiting for participants who run regularly and have Achilles Tendon problems and age and activity matched healthy controls for testing. If you are interested in participating and could attend the University of Leicester then please email me.
These studies are assessing muscular performance deficits and comparing patients to healthy controls. We then treat the patients and compare outcome data against normal values. We aim to use this information to alter and improve normal rehabilitation methods.