You may or may not be aware that your feet have 66 joints, 52 bones, and more tendons, ligaments, and muscles than you could count – but what you do know is that with having arthritis, certain shoes can exacerbate the pain. As a domestic and international shoe supplier, we thought we would enlighten those who suffer from arthritis about the best and worst shoes for this condition.
The fact is, the wrong shoes can not only leave your feet in pain, but also affect your knees, ankles, and even your hips. So, what are the best and worst choices when it comes to footwear?
Naturally, stiletto heels are not a good option, and can even contribute to worsening conditions. Experts agree that women with arthritis should stick with heels lower than two inches, and even those aren’t the best choice. Shoes with a pointy toe are also not a good idea.
Low heels that include wedge heels, roomy toe boxes and rubber soles are best for those with arthritic feet who want to wear a low heel.
What about flip flops? While they’re not particularly great for feet because of their lack of stability, flip flops may be beneficial with those who have osteoarthritis in their knees. Going barefoot or wearing flip flops or other flat, flexible shoes puts substantially less stress on the knees.
Love sandals? If you do, stick to those offering support and lots of straps, as straps make it possible to adjust the sandal for a secure fit. Straps that go across the back of the ankle are a necessity to avoid foot strain. Avoid sandals constructed using just a few thin pieces of leather offering no support.
As far as athletic shoes or sneakers go, most fare best with a neutral shoe, one that offers cushioning and adequate shock absorption. The only people who need stability sneakers are those who overpronate, which simply means the foot has a tendency to roll inward when walking. Neutral athletic shoes can also accommodate custom-molded orthotics and inserts, providing further support and comfort.
What about boots? Boots are a great choice for individuals who have arthritis in their ankles, as long as you avoid the high-heeled options. Flat boots with good arch support are a great choice; be sure the boots are flexible, and not stiff.
These are a few recommendations for those who suffer from arthritis in the feet, ankles, and/or knees. Most of us have common sense enough to know what types of footwear are good for our feet, and which aren’t. With the right shoes, arthritic feet and ankles will feel much more comfortable, and you’ll experience far less pain at the end of the day.
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