History taking remains the most important tool and is essential to assess the symptoms, concerns, medical-, social-, and psychological history and to individualize treatment.
Validity, reliability, and repeatability are important psychometric properties to assess whether an outcome measure is suitable for its intended purpose.
Different tools are available to objectify findings during physical examination (goniometers, dynamometers).
To obtain an evaluation of the patient which is as complete as possible, it is recommended to combine a generic health measure, a foot- or ankle-specific health measure, and, if available, a disease-specific patient-reported outcome measure (PROM).
Monitoring of complications and recurrence rate of the particular injury is essential to adequately assess safety and effectiveness of any surgical technique.
KeywordsOutcome assessment Treatment outcome Psychometric properties Patient-reported outcome measures Complications and recurrence
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