The ESSKA, or European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy, is one of the world’s leading associations for orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Each year, the ESSKA awards several prestigious research prizes, one of which was recently won by Finn Johannsen, one of the two rheumatologists behind Injurymap’s rehabilitation programs. Finn explains:
"It was a huge deal. No Dane had ever won the award before, so it bought me a lot of respect here at home."
The award, the Theo van Rens Best Paper Award, was given to Finn and his colleagues by the ESSKA at its bi-annual congress, a distinguished event for orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists. The award meant that Finn’s paper would be published in ESSKA’s prestigious journal, a high-calling for any sports medicine expert. “It was really the best of the best of scenarios,” he says.
A victory for Injurymap and its users
The award also meant a great deal to Injurymap – and, of course, Injurymap’s users, who benefit from Finn’s expertise.
Finn’s winning paper concerned the treatment of plantar fasciitis, a disorder of the plantar arch tendon that supports the plantar foot arch. Plantar fasciitis affects about 1 in 10 people at some point in their lives and it’s one of Injurymap’s most popular diagnoses.
Plantar fasciitis research
Short term, plantar fasciitis is commonly treated with a series of glucocorticosteroid injections. Long term, targeted strength training – what Injurymap provides – is needed to keep the disorder at bay. At Finn’s clinic in Copenhagen, though, both treatments are used simultaneously to treat the disorder. To study the effectiveness of this, Finn and his colleagues set up controlled trials:
"We had three randomized groups of 30 patients each. The first group was treated using controlled strength training, the second group with a series of injections, and the third group with a mix of both."
More knowledge, less pain
The study showed that the third group, the one receiving both treatments, experienced superior reductions in pain both in the short term and the long term. “No study had ever shown that before.”
This was Finn’s first submission to the ESSKA Congress, which, in 2018, received well over 2,000 submissions. Of these, 250 qualified for oral presentation and, finally, just 8 were chosen for the competition by ESSKA’s scientific committee. “In the end, it was us that won,” says Finn. “We were obviously quite proud.”
You can rehabilitate your plantar fasciitis using Finn’s exercises in Injurymap. Download Injurymap from your app store and select “Arch tendon” when prompted. See you in the app!