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Research looks at the effect of copper on arthritis


A clinical trial is being carried out by the University’s School of Health and Wellbeing in collaboration with New Cross Hospital Research and Development Directorate.

It is estimated that more than two million adults in the UK have varying degrees of osteoarthritis and/or rheumatoid arthritis, which cause joint and muscle pain.

Alternative therapy, such as the use of metal bracelets, has been used for a long time to try and alleviate these symptoms. Copper is popular but other metals including silver and platinum are also used and users have reported a varying degree of benefits.

There are insoles for shoes made of copper, known as copper heelers, currently on the market and users have reported that they appear to have the same effect as the bracelets. However, this has not been clinically proven.

The new research aims to assess the impact of the insoles on arthritis patients’ aches and pains.

Dr Angela Morgan is leading the clinical trial at the University. She said: “Because we do not know whether copper really does have an effect on alleviating symptoms or if it is a placebo effect, the University of Wolverhampton is currently running a clinical trial to scientifically assess the beneficial effect of these heelers, by comparing the copper heeler with a dummy heeler.

“We are providing patients in the trial with a heeler which is easily fitted with a self adhesive insole into their footwear. All information gained from this trial will tell us more about the use of copper in reducing the symptoms of arthritic aches and pains, which may benefit patients in the future.”

For more information, contact Angela Morgan on 01902 322455.


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