Get arthritic shoes and start conquering the pain

lady traveling with comfortable shoes

A good way to minimize pain is to think about arthritic shoes. Shoes for Arthritis are not just for people with arthritis in the feet. Wearing proper footwear is an important part of reducing pain in your knees and hips and other joints, also. 

We make so many mistakes when it comes to shoes.

It may have looked fantastic wearing those fabulous heels and pointed toes, but we should have been more aware of what we were doing to our feet and our body alignment. Studies show a  high heel contributes to arthritic pain.

Pointy toes squish your feet into that space. It causes deformities. 

Shoes should not be adding to your pain.

I have RA, and when it was at its worse, I could barely stand on my feet. They would even ache at rest, even in bed. It has been a mission for me to find comfortable shoes that looked nice. I am improving but still need good shoes. 

People think only the elderly get arthritis.  I used to hear,"you're too young to have arthritis." I am older now, so they say, "yes, I have sore joints too. It comes with old age. " The fact is, that you can have RA at any age: not all arthritis is age related. There are over 100 types of arthritis. 

When the inflammation first went and flared into my feet, I lamented that It wasn't fair to be this young and have to wear ugly arthritic shoes. I realize now: most women want cute shoes, no matter what their age. 

It is hard to find beautiful shoes especially dress shoes that look good.

get the right arthritic shoes 

Everyone has different problems, but most people with RA in their feet have similar needs. As do ones with OA or other types of arthritis.

  • Usually, it is best not to have more than an about a two-inch heel. 
  • The shoe must be flexible, with a rubber sole and shock absorbers with some cushioning and support, especially in the arch. 
  • A wide toe box area is needed. Removable insoles are good. If arthritis is in the hands also, then velcro closures are useful.
  • Sandals should always have a back strap. If there are straps, they should not press on sensitive areas, it's better if the straps are adjustable. 
  • Regular athletic shoes can be good for people that don't have any particular problem with their feet. You can put your orthotic or special insoles inside them. Have a look at your shoes and see if they are wearing in a way that shows that you're rolling inward. You may need a stability sneaker.  A good shoe store or your podiatrist can help you with this.

I like an ankle boot as I also have a chronic sprain in my right ankle, and the support feels good. My foot doctor told me to get Ecco hiking boots.

  • Low or wedge heel, rubber sole and flexible are the best features. 

Pretty much the same features go for flats, but be careful that they are not too flimsy as some do not give any real support.

Dress shoes are my biggest challenge, but "times are changing" and more variety is becoming available every day.

To find the right arthritic shoes for your feet read the description carefully and try them on to see how they feel.

I used to go for extra cushy until I purchased a Mephisto mobile. It seemed too firm at first, but it had excellent shock absorption and support. It turned out to be my best walking shoe to date.

What are your best shoes for arthritis?

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