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Foot health links and conclusion

A number of organisations offer information and services which can be useful to help keep your feet healthy.

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Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists: Find a podiatrist
Healthy footwear guide: supporting organisations
Disabled Living Foundation information on finding suitable footwear
ARUK report: A call to action, providing better footwear and foot orthoses for people with rheumatoid arthritis

The following shoe manufacturers have been used by some of our Members:

Ecco shoes
Howorth’s online
Clarks
Hotter shoes
Wider fit shoes

Conclusion

Managing people’s foot and leg problems that are associated with RA often will involve the podiatrist working closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team. As such, the rheumatology team will try to ensure that problems are addressed in a timely and appropriate manner, reflecting the needs and wishes of the individual who has RA.
Guidelines and Standards in the UK:

• ARMA Standards of Care for people with inflammatory arthritis 2004
• Standards of care for people with musculoskeletal foot health problems (Podiatry Rheumatic Care Association, 2008)
• NICE Guidelines – RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS – National clinical guideline for management and treatment in adults 2009

As part of the work that has been carried out relating to standards of care, a patient leaflet has been produced called ‘Feet First’ and this can be obtained by opening the link below or by called the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society office on 0800 298 7650 to request a copy.

Click here for PDF of ‘Feet First’ leaflet.