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Foot ulceration has psychological effects

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Foot ulceration in people with rheumatoid arthritis affects patients’ physical, social and psychogical health, say researchers.

The study interviewed 23 patients with RA and open foot ulceration from podiatry clinics in West Yorkshire.

Patients said foot ulceration affected their HRQL physically, socially and psychologically.

Ulcer pain affected walking and disrupted existing coping strategies for managing daily life. Two thirds of patients described restrictions on leisure activities and restrictions on clothing and footwear reduced self esteem and altered body image.

The overall prevalence of foot ulceration in patients with Rheumatoid arthritis is 10-13% with high recurrence rates.

The study was carried out by Jill Firth and collegaues.

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