Dr Martin Thomas

Title: Research Fellow: Physiotherapist Clinical Lecturer
Phone: +44 (0) 1782 734874
Email: m.thomas@keele.ac.uk
Location: DJW 0.59
Role: As above
Contacting me: Via email
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I have been employed as a researcher within the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University since 2009. I am a physiotherapist (University of Liverpool) and also have a BSc (hons) in Human Movement Science (University of Liverpool), an MSc in Sport Psychology (Liverpool John Moores University) and completed my doctorate in Clinical Epidemiology in 2014 (Keele University). I also hold an honorary clinical contract with the Haywood Hospital in Stoke on Trent where I work 2 days a week as a Musculoskeletal Out-Patient Physiotherapist.

My research interests are the clinical epidemiology and primary care management of common musculoskeletal conditions, with a particular interest in osteoarthritis. I contribute to a number of research programmes developing and delivering training for clinicians participating in both observational studies and clinical trials.

Selected Publications

  • Thomas MJ, Butler-Walley S, Rathod-Mistry T, Mayson Z, Parry EL, Pope C, Neogi T, Peat G. 2018. Acute flares of knee osteoarthritis in primary care: a feasibility and pilot case-crossover study. Pilot Feasibility Stud, vol. 4, 167. link> doi> full text>
  • Parry EL, Thomas MJ, Peat G. 2018. Defining acute flares in knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review. BMJ Open, vol. 8(7), e019804. link> doi> full text>
  • Pihl K, Thomas MJ, Parry E, Peat G, Campbell P, Dunn K. 2018. INCREMENTAL PROGNOSTIC PERFORMANCE OF A NEW VISUAL TRAJECTORIES QUESTIONNAIRE FOR PAIN: PROSPECTIVE COHORT OF KNEE PAIN IN PRIMARY CARE. OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE (vol. 26, pp. S348-S349). link> doi> full text>
  • Downes TJ, Chesterton L, Whittle R, Roddy E, Menz HB, Marshall M, Thomas MJ. 2018. Symptomatic Course of Foot Osteoarthritis Phenotypes: An 18-Month Prospective Analysis of Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken), vol. 70(7), 1107-1112. link> doi> full text>
  • Humphreys K, Larkin T, Chesterton L, Thomas M, Roddy E, Hendry G, Shufflebotham J, Foster NE, Duffy H. 2017. Development of an individualised, supervised and progressed therapist led exercise programme for Plantar Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis). Physiotherapy (vol. 103, pp. e145-e146). Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. doi> link>

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Journal Articles

  • Thomas MJ, Butler-Walley S, Rathod-Mistry T, Mayson Z, Parry EL, Pope C, Neogi T, Peat G. 2018. Acute flares of knee osteoarthritis in primary care: a feasibility and pilot case-crossover study. Pilot Feasibility Stud, vol. 4, 167. link> doi> full text>
  • Parry EL, Thomas MJ, Peat G. 2018. Defining acute flares in knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review. BMJ Open, vol. 8(7), e019804. link> doi> full text>
  • Downes TJ, Chesterton L, Whittle R, Roddy E, Menz HB, Marshall M, Thomas MJ. 2018. Symptomatic Course of Foot Osteoarthritis Phenotypes: An 18-Month Prospective Analysis of Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken), vol. 70(7), 1107-1112. link> doi> full text>
  • Ukachukwu V, Duncan R, Belcher J, Marshall M, Stefanik J, Crossley K, Thomas MJ, Peat G. Clinical Significance of Medial Versus Lateral Compartment Patellofemoral Osteoarthritis: Cross-Sectional Analyses in an Adult Population With Knee Pain. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken), vol. 69(7), 943-951. link> doi> full text>
  • Thomas MJ, Menz HB, Mallen CD. Plantar heel pain. BMJ, vol. 353, i2175. link> doi> full text>
  • Menz HB, Roddy E, Marshall M, Thomas MJ, Rathod T, Peat GM, Croft PR. 2016. Epidemiology of Shoe Wearing Patterns Over Time in Older Women: Associations With Foot Pain and Hallux Valgus. JOURNALS OF GERONTOLOGY SERIES A-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND MEDICAL SCIENCES, vol. 71(12), 1682-1687. link> doi> full text>
  • Rathod T, Marshall M, Thomas MJ, Menz HB, Myers HL, Thomas E, Downes T, Peat G, Roddy E. 2016. Investigations of Potential Phenotypes of Foot Osteoarthritis: Cross-Sectional Analysis From the Clinical Assessment Study of the Foot. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken), vol. 68(2), 217-227. link> doi> full text>
  • Thomas MJ, Peat G, Rathod T, Marshall M, Moore A, Menz HB, Roddy E. 2015. The epidemiology of symptomatic midfoot osteoarthritis in community-dwelling older adults: cross-sectional findings from the Clinical Assessment Study of the Foot. Arthritis Res Ther, vol. 17, 178. link> doi> full text>
  • Thomas MJ, Roddy E, Rathod T, Marshall M, Moore A, Menz HB, Peat G. 2015. Clinical diagnosis of symptomatic midfoot osteoarthritis: cross-sectional findings from the Clinical Assessment Study of the Foot. Osteoarthritis and cartilage / OARS, Osteoarthritis Research Society. doi> link> full text>
  • Quicke JG, Foster NE, Thomas MJ, Holden MA. 2015. Is long-term physical activity safe for older adults with knee pain?: a systematic review. OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE, vol. 23(9), 1445-1456. link> doi> full text>
  • Roddy E, Thomas MJ, Marshall M, Rathod T, Myers H, Menz HB, Thomas E, Peat G. 2015. The population prevalence of symptomatic radiographic foot osteoarthritis in community-dwelling older adults: cross-sectional findings from the clinical assessment study of the foot. Ann Rheum Dis, vol. 74(1), 156-163. link> doi>
  • Menz HB, Roddy E, Marshall M, Thomas MJ, Rathod T, Myers H, Thomas E, Peat GM. 2015. Demographic and clinical factors associated with radiographic severity of first metatarsophalangeal joint osteoarthritis: cross-sectional findings from the Clinical Assessment Study of the Foot. Osteoarthritis Cartilage, vol. 23(1), 77-82. link> doi> full text>
  • Thomas MJ, Moore A, Roddy E, Peat G. 2013. "Somebody to Say 'Come On We Can Sort This'": A Qualitative Study of Primary Care Consultation Among Older Adults With Symptomatic Foot Osteoarthritis. ARTHRITIS CARE & RESEARCH, vol. 65(12), 2051-2055. link> doi>
  • Chatterton BD, Muller S, Thomas MJ, Menz HB, Rome K, Roddy E. 2013. Inter and intra-rater repeatability of the scoring of foot pain drawings. J Foot Ankle Res, vol. 6(1), 44. link> doi>
  • Roddy E, Thomas M, Marshall M, Rathod T, Myers H, Menz H, Thomas E, Peat G. 2013. POPULATION PREVALENCE OF SYMPTOMATIC RADIOGRAPHIC FOOT OSTEOARTHRITIS IN COMMUNITY-DWELLING OLDER ADULTS: THE CLINICAL ASSESSMENT STUDY OF THE FOOT (CASF). ANNALS OF THE RHEUMATIC DISEASES, vol. 72, 59. link>
  • Carter P, Beech R, Coxon D, Thomas MJ, Jinks C. 2013. Mobilising the experiential knowledge of clinicians, patients and carers for applied health-care research. Contemporary Social Science, vol. 3(8), 307-320.
  • Thomas MJ, Roddy E, Zhang W, Menz HB, Hannan MT, Peat GM. 2011. The population prevalence of foot and ankle pain in middle and old age: a systematic review. Pain, vol. 152(12), 2870-2880. link> doi>
  • Roddy E, Myers H, Thomas MJ, Marshall M, D'Cruz D, Menz HB, Belcher J, Muller S, Peat G. 2011. The clinical assessment study of the foot (CASF): study protocol for a prospective observational study of foot pain and foot osteoarthritis in the general population. J Foot Ankle Res, vol. 4, 22. link> doi>
  • Thomas MJ, Wood L, Selfe J, Peat G. 2010. Anterior knee pain in younger adults as a precursor to subsequent patellofemoral osteoarthritis: a systematic review. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, vol. 11, 201. link> doi> full text>
  • Thomas MJ, Simpson J, Riley R, Grant E. 2010. The impact of home-based physiotherapy interventions on breathlessness during activities of daily living in severe COPD: a systematic review. Physiotherapy, vol. 96(2), 108-119. link> doi>
  • Menz HB, Thomas MJ, Marshall M, Rathod-Mistry T, Hall A, Chesterton LS, Peat GM, Roddy E. 2018. Coexistence of plantar calcaneal spurs and plantar fascial thickening in individuals with plantar heel pain. Rheumatology (Oxford). link> doi> full text>
  • Babatunde OO, Legha A, Littlewood C, Chesterton LS, Thomas MJ, Menz HB, van der Windt D, Roddy E. 2018. Comparative effectiveness of treatment options for plantar heel pain: a systematic review with network meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med. link> doi> full text>

Other

  • Pihl K, Thomas MJ, Parry E, Peat G, Campbell P, Dunn K. 2018. INCREMENTAL PROGNOSTIC PERFORMANCE OF A NEW VISUAL TRAJECTORIES QUESTIONNAIRE FOR PAIN: PROSPECTIVE COHORT OF KNEE PAIN IN PRIMARY CARE. OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE (vol. 26, pp. S348-S349). link> doi> full text>
  • Humphreys K, Larkin T, Chesterton L, Thomas M, Roddy E, Hendry G, Shufflebotham J, Foster NE, Duffy H. 2017. Development of an individualised, supervised and progressed therapist led exercise programme for Plantar Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis). Physiotherapy (vol. 103, pp. e145-e146). Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. doi> link>
  • Lingham A, Rathod T, Thomas MJ, Marshall M, Roddy E. 2016. FOOT AND ANKLE PAIN PHENOTYPES: LATENT CLASS ANALYSIS FROM THE CLINICAL ASSESSMENT STUDY OF THE FOOT. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 55, pp. 77-78). link>
  • Downes TJ, Chesterton L, Whittle R, Roddy E, Menz HB, Thomas MJ. 2016. THE NATURAL HISTORY OF FOOT OSTEOARTHRITIS PHENOTYPES: A PROSPECTIVE STUDY IN COMMUNITY-DWELLING ADULTS. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 55, p. 40). link>
  • Ukachukwu V, Belcher J, Marshall M, Stefanik JJ, Crossley KM, Thomas MJ, Peat G. 2016. COMPARATIVE FREQUENCY OF MEDIAL VERSUS LATERAL COMPARTMENT PATELLOFEMORAL JOINT OSTEOARTHRITIS AND ASSOCIATIONS WITH RISK FACTORS AND CLINICAL OUTCOMES: CROSS-SECTIONAL ANALYSES IN AN ADULT POPULATION WITH KNEE PAIN. OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE (vol. 24, p. S193). link> doi>
  • Menz HB, Roddy E, Marshall M, Thomas MJ, Rathod T, Peat GM, Croft PR. Epidemiology of Shoe Wearing Patterns Over Time in Older Women: Associations With Foot Pain and Hallux Valgus. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci (vol. 71, pp. 1682-1687). link> doi>
  • Roddy E, Case R, Thomas MJ, Menz HB, Rathod T, Marshall M. 2015. POPULATION PREVALENCE AND ASSOCIATIONS OF PLANTAR HEEL PAIN IN ADULTS AGED 50 YEARS AND OVER: CROSS-SECTIONAL FINDINGS FROM THE CLINICAL ASSESSMENT STUDY OF THE FOOT. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 54, pp. 39-40). link>
  • Menz HB, Roddy E, Marshall M, Thomas MJ, Rathod T, Myers HL, Thomas E, Peat GM. 2014. FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH RADIOGRAPHIC SEVERITY OF FIRST METATARSOPHALANGEAL JOINT OSTEOARTHRITIS: FINDINGS FROM THE CLINICAL ASSESSMENT STUDY OF THE FOOT. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 53, p. 131). link>
  • Thomas M, Peat G, Rathod T, Moore A, Menz HB, Roddy E. 2014. THE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF MIDFOOT PAIN AND SYMPTOMATIC MIDFOOT OSTEOARTHRITIS: CROSSSECTIONAL FINDINGS FROM THE CLINICAL ASSESSMENT STUDY OF THE FOOT. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 53, pp. 129-130). link>
  • Thomas MJ, Roddy E, Rathod T, Moore A, Menz HB, Peat G. 2014. CLINICAL RECOGNITION OF SYMPTOMATIC MIDFOOT OSTEOARTHRITIS: FINDINGS FROM THE CLINICAL ASSESSMENT STUDY OF THE FOOT. OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE (vol. 22, p. S386). link> doi>
  • Quicke JG, Foster NE, Thomas MJ, Holden MA. 2015. Is long-term physical activity safe for older adults with knee pain?: a systematic review. Osteoarthritis Cartilage (vol. 23, pp. 1445-1456). link> doi>
  • Rathod T, Marshall M, Thomas MJ, Myers H, Menz HB, Thomas E, Peat G, Roddy E. 2014. PATTERNS OF JOINT INVOLVEMENT IN FOOT OSTEOARTHRITIS: FINDINGS FROM THE CLINICAL ASSESSMENT STUDY OF THE FOOT. OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE (vol. 22, p. S206). link> doi>
  • Thomas MJ, Moore A, Roddy E, Peat G. 2013. 'SOMEBODY TO SAY "COME ON, WE CAN SORT THIS"': A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF HEALTH-SEEKING IN OLDER ADULTS WITH SYMPTOMATIC FOOT OSTEOARTHRITIS. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 52, p. 124). link> doi>
  • Thomas MJ, Peat G, Roddy E. 2010. The population prevalence of foot and ankle pain over the age of 45 years: A systematic review. Rheumatology (vol. 49, p. I147). Oxford Univ Press. doi>

I am a Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and previous chair of the Physiotherapy Research Society. I actively contribute to the peer review process for a wide range of national and international journals, and abstract submissions to a number of conferences.