The effects of reflexology on foot pain and quality of life in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis: A case report

Shakira Khana, Simon Otter b,∗, Kate Springett c

a The Arden Foot and Health Clinic, Brighton, United Kingdom
b Division of Podiatry, School of Health Professions, University of Brighton, United Kingdom
c Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury CT1 1QU, United Kingdom


The purpose of this work was to identify what effect reflexology has on foot pain and quality of life (QoL) in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Using an observational case report, a 6-week course of reflexology treatments were given to a patient who has RA.
Perceived pain and QoL were assessed using two validated outcome measures: the Rheumatoid Arthritis Quality of Life (RAQoL) questionnaire and the Foot Pain Disability Questionnaire (FPDQ).

The RAQoL scores demonstrated no significant change throughout the duration of the investigation, suggesting that the patient’s QoL did not change during or at the end of the 6-week course of reflexology.

Scores from the FPDQ indicated reflexology was associated with a reduction in foot pain described by the subject.

The clinical implications are that reflexology may be a valuable addition in the management of foot pain for participants with RA.

However, it is impossible to generalize from a observational case report and further work is recommended.

Keywords: Reflexology; Foot; Rheumatoid arthritis; Quality of life; Pain

The Foot 16 (2006) 112–116, © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.