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Development of a Novel Stocking for Foot Sole Pain in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Hiroaki Matsuno Matsuno Clinic for Rheumatic Diseases, Toyama, Japan.

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Background: We sought to investigate the clinical efficacy of the Fuß-sole (Kuroda, Osaka, Japan), a newly developed stocking, in patients with severe foot pain attributable to rheumatoid arthritis.

Methods: The Fuß-sole stocking incorporates a plantar insole made of breathable fabric. Twenty patients with rheumatoid arthritis and severe foot pain were enrolled in this study. Clinical efficacy was evaluated using the Japanese Orthopaedic Association's foot-scoring system. Outcome measures were evaluated before and after a 1-month trial of the Fuß-sole stocking.

Results: Use of the Fuß-sole stocking resulted in significant improvements in foot pain, activities of daily living, and total scores.

Conclusions: Use of the Fuß-sole improves the quality of life of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 100(1): 10–13, 2010)

Corresponding author: Tatsuma Utsunomiya, MEn, Therapeutic Apheresis Division, Scientific and Technical Affairs Department, Asahi Kasei Kuraray Medical Co Ltd, 1-105 Kanda Jinbo-cho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. (E-mail: utsunomiya.tb@om.asahi-kasei.co.jp)