Clear, practical advice on daily living equipment
Local Age UK (previously Age Concern & Help the Aged) charities offer a wide range of activities and services. Dependent on the size of your local branch it may offer information and advice; activities outside the home; emotional and social support; and personal care. Search for your local Age UK branch.
AskSARA is the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)'s free online self assessment tool. AskSARA will ask you questions about yourself and your environment and then offer relevant advice, product suggestions and supplier details. Visit AskSARA's clothes, shoes and dressing section.
The British Footwear Association is the trade association representing UK suppliers of footwear. They have information available on suppliers of specialist footwear.
The BHTA is the UK's oldest and largest healthcare association. Its membership consists of some 350 companies (both large and small) from across the many non-pharmaceutical sectors of the healthcare industry. The BHTA is closely involved with developing industry and product standards, maintaining and improving on product choice, quality and, above all, safety. Of particular note is the BHTA's Code of Practice, which sets out the standards its members must meet and the work alongside this to identify best practice, eliminate "cowboy" behaviour and to ensure that member businesses are ones that members of the public can trust to give good service. www.bhta.net
The clothing and footwear advisory service at the Independent Living Centre in Exeter is run by an occupational therapist. They have printed information and are also able to help you over the phone, by email or in the centre if you make an appointment.
If you are looking for a private practice Occupational Therapist to give you independent advice or to provide private treatment, you can search the online directory which lists members throughout the country.
The Colostomy Association is a UK registered charity representing the interests of people with a colostomy. They have information on suppliers of underwear and swimwear designed for people with an ostomy bag.
Diabetes UK is the largest charity in the UK dedicated to the treatment and care of people with diabetes. They have information on how to care for your feet if you have diabetes, as well as advice on choosing footwear.
NHS Choices has a section on foot health, with general information on foot care as well as advice related to conditions such as arthritis and diabetes. It also has information about what services are available through the NHS.
The Raynaud's and Scleroderma Association has information for people with Raynaud's or Scleroderma, as well as general information on keeping warm. They also sell a range of products including gloves and socks and heat packs.
The College of Podiatry publishes information for the general public on choosing footwear, as well as general information on foot care.
The Society of Shoefitters offers training on how to fit shoes correctly, to shoe shop assistants or owners. They also have information and advice on their website about foot care and choosing the right footwear.
All advice is either supported by references (cited in the text) or is based upon peer reviewed professional opinion. Our advice is impartial and not influenced by sponsors or product suppliers listed on the site.
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