Biography

Dr Thomas graduated in Physiotherapy from the University of Liverpool in 2007 and also holds a BSc (Hons) in Human Movement Science (University of Liverpool) and MSc in Sport Psychology (Liverpool John Moores University). Martin came to Keele in 2009 to undertake a doctorate in Clinical Epidemiology. His doctoral studies on the classification, diagnosis and outcomes of midfoot osteoarthritis were awarded the Arthritis Research UK Silver Medal Research Prize in Musculoskeletal Medicine.


Martin works clinically as an Honorary Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at the Haywood Hospital, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. He is a member of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine, by examination.

Research and scholarship

Dr Thomas’ research interests are the clinical epidemiology and primary care management of common musculoskeletal conditions, with a particular interest in osteoarthritis. His primary focus is in leading and developing web-based cohort studies using within-person methodologies to examine flare-ups of osteoarthritis. He also contributes to longitudinal cohort studies and clinical trials of foot osteoarthritis and plantar heel pain. His work has been funded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme, School for Primary Care Research and a Health Education England/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Clinical Lectureship.


Martin’s current supervision includes PhD, intercalated medical MPhil, Integrated clinical academic physiotherapy and undergraduate clinical physiotherapy students. He developed and runs Keele University’s first pre-registration Integrated Clinical Academic physiotherapy elective student placement. He has published over 25 peer-reviewed publications, held four personal fellowships and contributed to over £800,000 in fellowship/grant income. Martin has current and active research collaborations with researchers in Melbourne, Boston, Oslo and across the UK.

Teaching

Dr Thomas teaches epidemiology within the Masters in Medical Sciences programme. He also facilitates sessions on research methods on the medical school undergraduate curriculum and Keele’s ‘Prognosis Research: Concepts, Methods and Clinical Application’ course.

Further information

Dr Thomas is a previous chair of the Physiotherapy Research Society and is an Editorial Board member of Journal of Foot and Ankle Research.

Selected Publications

  • Øiestad BE, Hilde G, Tveter AT, Peat GG, Thomas MJ, Dunn KM, Grotle M. 2019. Risk factors for episodes of back pain in emerging adults. A systematic review. Eur J Pain. link> doi> full text>
  • Thomas MJ, Whittle R, Menz HB, Rathod-Mistry T, Marshall M, Roddy E. 2019. Plantar heel pain in middle-aged and older adults: population prevalence, associations with health status and lifestyle factors, and frequency of healthcare use. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, vol. 20(1), 337. link> doi> full text>
  • Menz HB, Marshall M, Thomas MJ, Rathod-Mistry T, Peat GM, Roddy E. 2019. Associations Between Calcaneal Enthesophytes and Osteoarthritis of the Hands and Feet. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). link> doi> full text>
  • Blagojevic-Bucknall M, Thomas MJ, Wulff J, Porcheret M, Dziedzic KS, Peat GM, Foster NE, Jowett S, van der Windt DA. 2019. Predictors of pain interference and potential gain from intervention in community dwelling adults with joint pain: A prospective cohort study. Musculoskeletal Care. link> doi> full text>
  • Thomas MJ, Rathod-Mistry T, Harper S, Parry EL, Pope C, Neogi T, Peat G. 2019. Acute Flares of Knee Osteoarthritis (the ACT-FLARE Study): Protocol for a Web-Based Case-Crossover Study in Community-Dwelling Adults. JMIR Res Protoc, vol. 8(4), e13428. link> doi> full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Øiestad BE, Hilde G, Tveter AT, Peat GG, Thomas MJ, Dunn KM, Grotle M. 2019. Risk factors for episodes of back pain in emerging adults. A systematic review. Eur J Pain. link> doi> full text>
  • Thomas MJ, Whittle R, Menz HB, Rathod-Mistry T, Marshall M, Roddy E. 2019. Plantar heel pain in middle-aged and older adults: population prevalence, associations with health status and lifestyle factors, and frequency of healthcare use. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, vol. 20(1), 337. link> doi> full text>
  • Menz HB, Marshall M, Thomas MJ, Rathod-Mistry T, Peat GM, Roddy E. 2019. Associations Between Calcaneal Enthesophytes and Osteoarthritis of the Hands and Feet. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). link> doi> full text>
  • Blagojevic-Bucknall M, Thomas MJ, Wulff J, Porcheret M, Dziedzic KS, Peat GM, Foster NE, Jowett S, van der Windt DA. 2019. Predictors of pain interference and potential gain from intervention in community dwelling adults with joint pain: A prospective cohort study. Musculoskeletal Care. link> doi> full text>
  • Thomas MJ, Rathod-Mistry T, Harper S, Parry EL, Pope C, Neogi T, Peat G. 2019. Acute Flares of Knee Osteoarthritis (the ACT-FLARE Study): Protocol for a Web-Based Case-Crossover Study in Community-Dwelling Adults. JMIR Res Protoc, vol. 8(4), e13428. link> doi> full text>
  • Arnold JB, Marshall M, Thomas MJ, Redmond AC, Menz HB, Roddy E. 2019. Midfoot osteoarthritis: potential phenotypes and their associations with demographic, symptomatic and clinical characteristics. Osteoarthritis Cartilage, vol. 27(4), 659-666. link> doi> full text>
  • Babatunde OO, Legha A, Littlewood C, Chesterton LS, Thomas MJ, Menz HB, van der Windt D, Roddy E. 2019. Comparative effectiveness of treatment options for plantar heel pain: a systematic review with network meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med, vol. 53(3), 182-194. link> doi> full text>
  • Gates LS, Arden NK, Hannan MT, Roddy E, Gill TK, Hill CL, Dufour AB, Rathod-Mistry T, Thomas MJ, Menz HB, Bowen CJ, Golightly YM. 2019. Prevalence of Foot Pain Across an International Consortium of Population-Based Cohorts. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken), vol. 71(5), 661-670. link> doi> full text>
  • 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>
  • Menz HB, Thomas MJ, Marshall M, Rathod-Mistry T, Hall A, Chesterton LS, Peat GM, Roddy E. 2019. Coexistence of plantar calcaneal spurs and plantar fascial thickening in individuals with plantar heel pain. Rheumatology (Oxford), vol. 58(2), 237-245. 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. 2017. 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. 2016. 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>

Other

  • Seale B, Thomas M, Parmar S, Blagojevic-Bucknall M, Wilkie R. 2019. OSTEOARTHRITIS AND PREMATURE MORTALITY: PATHWAYS FOR HAND, HIP, KNEE AND FOOT OSTEOARTHRITIS. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 58). link>
  • O'Brien AV, Liddle J, Muller S, Thomas MJ, Mallen CD. 2019. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF UK PHYSIOTHERAPISTS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF PEOPLE WITH POLYMYALGIA RHEUMATICA? FINDINGS FROM A QUALITATIVE STUDY. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 58, p. 30). link>
  • 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. 2016. 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>