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Gout patients' poor footwear may exacerbate pain

from Family Practice News

Patients with gout tend to wear shoes that lack cushioning, provide minimal stability and motion control, limit gait efficiency, fit poorly, and show excessive wear, according to a report in the October issue of Arthritis Care & Research. Since all of these problems can exacerbate patients' pain and impairment, "We suggest that footwear should be considered in the management plan of patients with gout," said Keith Rome, Ph.D., professor of podiatry at Auckland (New Zealand) University of Technology, and his associates. more

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