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Sore feet due to arthritis: NHS specialist suggest a rather expensive spending spree!

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by delmamerchant, May 26, 2017.

  1. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    Any ideas what I can do to ease the pain using natural remedies as opposed to the NHS remedy of purchasing a pair of sandals that cost over £100. and an equally expensive pair of trainers! What the hello_O:eek:
  2. ATfan

    ATfan Star commenter

    Stuff that! Buy some Skechers shoes or Birkenstock sandals. I can't wear anything else due to chronic nerve pain in my back and my podiatrist agreed with these choices of footwear. You can buy skechers shoes cheaper at Debenhams if you don't want to pay full price (about £60 but they are SO comfortable and last for at least a year). Birkenstocks are orthotic and come in a range of styles and colours (my fave pair are a blue mirror one strap backless style called madrid). The website I use for this is www.footshopping.com but you can also buy them and skechers from qvc if you're interested (I also wear insoles because I'm flat footed which can contribute to the pain). Costco also sells cheap Birkenstocks if there's one near you and you're a member.
  3. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    Thank you so much. I will have a look on that website:)
  4. ATfan

    ATfan Star commenter

    You're welcome! :) Hope that you find some footwear that you like and that it feels comfortable. By the way, Birkenstocks are a generous fit, esp the standard width ones, so you can go a size smaller. E.g. I'm size 4.5 and buy a 37 in Birkenstocks. You can also buy a narrow and regular width. I buy the narrow because I have narrow feet.
  5. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    Hope everyone is settling back into work well.
  6. ATfan

    ATfan Star commenter

    Yes but I'm melting today. Thank goodness for one room at work which is quiet and has proper air conditioning.
  7. secretteacher2357

    secretteacher2357 Occasional commenter

    I have rheumatoid arthritis in my feet and my co sultan referred me to the I in-house podiatrist who measured me up for some specially adapted insoles.
    They are amazing! I get 4 free pairs of insoles a year and I just swap them into whichever pair of shoes I am wearing. It might be worth asking for a referral!
  8. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    Hi there,

    I don't want to come off like a pushy sales person, but since leaving teaching I've been working for a company that sells a product which can offer some comfort to aches and pains brought on my arthritis. I'd be very happy to pop a tester-size in the post for you if you'd care to inbox your details. No obligation, of course. xx
  9. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Go to your local Holland and Barrett and ask them about natural remedies. If you go on a weekday you should be able to see someone trained in all the products and who can advise you.

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