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I have had RA for 5 years and was only able to walk short distances even in flat shoes. Wearing heels was impossible. Most of the pain was from my metatarsal heads but the arch of my right foot had dropped and my toes were starting to curl in an attempt to off load the painful ball of the foot. I found some insoles from a company called Barefoot Science. They have a system in the arch of the insole that acts like a spring of varying resistances and the arch gradually becomes stronger. The support also off loads the ball of the foot. I started wearing them in January and I have since walked 140 miles ( not in one go) of the SW coastal path without foot pain. I can now run a short distance and even managed to wear high heels, for a few hours, to my son's wedding last month. My life has been transformed from regarding myself as heading downward to increasing disability to feeling very proud and dare I say it, fairly fit for a 56 year old.
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