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feedingwell posted:
Hello-new to the group. Dx'd w/RA about 4 mos ago, but suspicious for at least 2-3 years. Feet, I believe, were my first symptom, hands tend to be the worst now, then elbows and knees, but oh well. Just wanted to chime in that what a lifesaver it has been to me to have orthotics made for me. He must have done a great job because they are very helpful. I can last for a tiny bit of time in "other" shoes and I do have full gym shoe types and "dress" shoes types, but they help tremendously for me. It used to be difficult for me to even take a step out of bed and now, provided I wear them consistently (which I do, about 95% of the time), my feet feel quite ok. Not taking any treatment for RA yet (long story) but orthotics for the moment, have helped my feet. The rest of the joints, of course, another story.
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Sequence responded:
I got over the counter orthotics from my HMO. They are hard unpadded inserts called "Superfeet" but they did the trick right away. Still not cheap, they cost ~$40. But they really made a difference compared to all the padded brands I tried before I found these.
 
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sherrie60 responded:
I have found a wonderful shoe...NAOT...yes, that's the name. They are made in Israel and have the same principle as Birkenstock with the footbed molding to your foot. In fact, I bought them at the Birkenstock store here in San Antonio. They fit like a glove the moment I put them on. There is no "breaking in" like Birkies. They cost too much, but if you are going for that one pair of shoes you can do anything in, put up the money for these. Mine are little black Mary Janes that can go a dressy casual to casual. You can actually go walking in these. My feet are weird...they can be fine one minute and the next...they are screaming at me! There doesn't seem to be a warning to the pain.

Sherrie