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Improving the feeling of walking on marbles for arthritis sufferers

Researchers led by senior lecturer for Advanced Clinical and Expert Practice, Dr Catharine Bowen, are about to undertake a new stage of a study aimed at improving the health and mobility of those suffering from the common complaint of ‘walking on marbles' associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in the feet.

The Health Sciences' FeeTURA 3 study will undertake a programme of interlinking research which helps identify, measure the impact and assess the best intervention for forefoot complications in people suffering with RA.

Localised foot health intervention treatment such as targeted steroid injections and global pharmaceutical interventions of biologics will be used during participants' assessments carried out at the NIHR Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (WTCRF) based at Southampton General Hospital.

This new stage of the study will be funded through a partnership between Solent NHS Trust and the Faculty of Health Sciences and carried out by PhD student, Lindsey Hooper, who recently won a prestigious special award from Wessex HIEC.

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