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Shoes for Arthritis – the Best and Worst Options for Your Pain

Your Feet and Arthritis

Arthritis is a disorder that mainly affects the joints. There are over 100 types of arthritis but the three main types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis.

Even though each type of progression is different, all can have painful effects on the joints of the feet.

Our feet have 52 bones, 66 joints, and more than 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Crafted like high-precision devices that connect us to the earth, support our skeleton and provide balance and mobility, our feet require great care.

Arthritis that affects any of these 66 joints can make walking difficult and painful. Typically, arthritis affects the ankle, middle of the foot, and the big toe.

Feet are often neglected and even forced to wear shoes that do not fit or that compromise comfort for style, or simply have the wrong shoe choice for our particular feet.

An example of how painful a bad shoe decision can be in this situation is a perfect pair of shoes worn for a special occasion that is only taken off at the first possible moment. And this becomes even more true when choosing shoes for arthritic feet.

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Choosing the Right Shoes for Arthritis and Its Importance

Choosing the right footwear for your feet is like eating a nutritious diet or getting regular exercise and can make a big difference in your quality of life. The right choice of shoes can help minimize pain and maximize your ability to get out and work.

A wrong shoe can exacerbate existing problems for someone with arthritis in their hips, knees, ankles, or feet. This can cause damage and complications to many joints beyond the feet in the long run.

There may be various existing problems such as poor arch support or inadequate cushioning which may or may not include joint pain. Ultimately, choosing the right footwear can eliminate or reduce foot pain that has a great impact on body mobility and function.

Shoes to Avoid During Arthritis

High Heels

High heels that are more than two inches high are defined as high heels. It Squeezes your toes while pushing your foot into an uncomfortable angle with the heels pointing up. 

They are really bad for anyone’s feet but if you have arthritis the damage can be additional. High heels are tough on the ball and the arch of the foot and put pressure that can contribute to wear down the joints. Wearing really high heels can actually damage the knee joint, which contributes to osteoarthritis.

Tight Flats

We often think that high heels are not good, so flat shoes can be the right choice. But the truth is that flats are not good for arthritis either. They can be rough on your feet, especially if they are hard and have a pointy toe.

A condition called hammertoe, in which the toes are bent so that they look like small hammertoes can be caused by regularly wearing narrow-toed shoes. If you must wear flats, make sure they are flexible and provide good foot support

Shoes That Are Recommended for Arthritis

Comfortable Heels Which Are Low

The ideal shoe should have a thick, low heel, like a wedge. The height of the shoe should keep your foot at a comfortable and natural angle without making your foot too tight.

Make sure the shoes have rubber soles, which act as shock absorbers and prevent you from slipping. Choosing shoes with a wide toe box gives your toes plenty of room to move around.

Athletic or Stability Shoes

Stability or athletic shoes have a padded midsole and heel to prevent the foot from rolling inward, which is important for anyone with arthritis in the knees, ankles, hips, or feet, and they act as shock absorbers.

They take the weight off the ball of the foot, which takes the pressure off. They also help to keep the foot in a neutral position. This is especially important for people with osteoarthritis of the knee because it reduces pressure and stress on the knee joint.

Stability shoes provide good cushioning and motion control, even for people whose feet roll unevenly.

Flip-Flops

The right pair of flip-flops can help relieve pain, but always choose flip-flops that have a stable footbed and excellent arch support. Wearing flip-flops puts less strain on the knee than clogs and sneakers.

In Conclusion 

It’s fair to point out that no one type of shoe works for any one type of foot problem. 

Dealing with foot and ankle pain is not easy. Wearing the right footwear can play a big role in healing the pain and can have many benefits in the long run.

Consult your doctor for guidance on the best shoes for your feet and lifestyle.

About The Author

Tanveer Bhutani
Eva Hospital encompasses various modern orthopedic practices pioneered by the prominent orthopedic surgeon in Ludhiana “Dr. Tanveer Singh Bhutani”.

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