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Rheumatology Services

We have links with other health professions such as podiatry, orthotics and dietetics, and also liaise with other departments such as dermatology, orthopaedics and respiratory medicine (chest clinic) where appropriate.

Rheumatology Services FAQs

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How do I find out about suitable footwear?

Patients with arthritis frequently have difficulty with footwear and the orthotist or surgical appliance officer is trained to either provide suitable orthoses or arrange for surgical shoes to be made. For instance, insoles may be provided to correct a flat foot deformity if this is responsible for symptoms. Other types of orthoses may be required, for instance calipers and some kinds of splints.

Podiatrists (formerly chiropodists) are experts at treating minor foot problems such as corns and calluses. They may also provide some orthoses and advice on footwear. There is no podiatry service available within the hospital; however if you require podiatry we can refer you to a community-based podiatrist.

If you have difficulty finding suitable footwear, you may find the following links useful:
Hotter Shoes
DB Shoes
ecco Shoes