When Shopping For Shoes For Arthritis Consider These Features

You have excessive pronation, your knees ache and maybe you have lower back pain. Your feet are killing you especially by the end of the day. So...

You're thinking you better look for a good pair of shoes for arthritis and maybe that will help.

You ask yourself these questions:

  • "What do I look for specifically?"
  • "How do I know what are good shoes for arthritis and what are not?"
  • "If I get different shoes will that really help?"

Let's first talk a little about arthritis.

Degenerative Arthritis

Most arthritis is the degenerative type or what is known as osteoarthritis. This type is most often the result of chronic wear and tear of the joint that occurs over time. This is often referred to as repetitive joint stress or repetitive micro-trauma. There is no obvious injury that one can recall but doing the same thing over and over again, or slightly causing joint stress or strain of a mild nature, eventually causes accumulative damage.

The pain and symptoms are mild or even non-existent at first. But as time progresses, and the micro-trauma persist, eventually there are symptoms that surface. These symptoms are usually stiffness, mild ache or soreness.

Some activities that may cause the micro-trauma are:

  • Excess pronation.
  • Flat feet.
  • Jumping off of a truck or heavy equipment on a daily basis.
  • Operating a foot peddle on an assembly line.
  • Playing sports.
  • Lifting constantly such as working on a loading dock or in a factory.

Over time the damage from the joints stress begins to demonstrate symptoms. Eventually the pain becomes severe and interferes with life's daily activities

Degenerative joint disease can also be the result of injuries of a more severe traumatic nature. This is most often observed in sports injuries, automobile accidents, work injuries and falls.

The onset of symptoms with these types of injuries is often sudden or soon following the injury. Gradually the symptoms subside or completely abate only to resurface months, years or even decades later. The initial trauma damaged the joints and after years of gradual degeneration the symptoms become obvious and more permanent.

Joints, along with their ligaments and cartilage, do not degenerate overnight. It take time before it becomes clinically evident. By that time the damage is fairly established and of a more permanent nature.

The damage will continue with or without treatment... until it is so far advanced that the pain is permanent.

Eventually you may be looking at surgery in the form of knee or hip replacements.

Even though the damage in the lower back may be extensive with disc degeneration and facet arthritis, rarely is surgery indicated. Most lower back surgeries have poor outcomes and the patient is often worse off following surgery then they would have been if treated non-surgically. So...

Think long and hard before you succumb to the knife.

Treat Arthritis Early

Other types of arthritis can have very damaging effects on the body as well and often more so.

With most forms of arthritis, the most common joints affected are the knees, hips, lower back, wrists, ankles and fingers.

It is imperative to minimize damage by recognizing arthritis early and getting appropriate care. Always take every injury seriously and treat it appropriately for maximum beneficial outcome.

Walking Is Necessary But Can Be Painful

With arthritis of the lower back, hips and knees, walking can be a very painful experience. However, research has shown that walking is one of the very best activities to do if you have arthritis. But the dilemma is that you should be walking regularly but it hurts to do so. Therefor, you end up avoiding it altogether and suffer all the more.

The most important thing you can do to make walking less painful and less stressful to your joints is own a good pair of walking shoes for arthritis and wear custom arch supports.

Important Actions To Take Along With Wearing The Best Shoes For Arthritis

Along with finding the best shoes for arthritis you should do the following to help alleviate your symptoms and slow down or stop the progressive damage:

  • Lose any excess weight and keep your weight at a normal healthy level. Extra weight is very stressful to the joints of the lower back and lower extremities.
  • Develop and maintain a regular fitness program that strengthens, stabilizes, and promotes flexibility and endurance. This will help to prevent further injuries and promote regeneration, recuperation healing and wellness.
  • Consume a healthy diet and avoid inflammation promoting foods.
  • Take natural herbal and other supplements that are known to be anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory and have healing and regenerating qualities.
  • Get adequate rest. Sleep is the time the body heals and regenerates; so make sure your get about 7 hours of sleep.
  • Ingage in a regular walking program. Research shows that walking is one of the best activities for arthritis sufferers.

Whether you have arthritis or not, a good shoe is a good shoe... period. It is good for you regardless of what you may be suffering with.

A bad shoe is a bad shoe for everyone and everything.

Always purchase and wear the best shoes you can. They do not necessarily need to be expensive to be good.

Now back to the question...

What is a good shoe for arthritis?

What Is A Good Shoe

When shopping for a good pair of shoes for arthritis, here is what to look for:

  1. A wide sole and heel. Narrow soles and heels do not stabilize and permit proper function. They will only create more joint stress to an already damaged joint.
  2. They need to have a firm counter. The counter is that part of the shoe that wraps around the heel. A simple test to determine firmness is to place the shoe on a tabletop or floor and push forward on the back of the heel with your thumb. If it collapses forward or gives to easily it most likely doesn't have enough support and will lack stability.
  3. There should be a firm fit from the arch (mid-foot) to the back of the heel. In the forefoot, or what is know as the box, there should be a roomier feeling so when you are pushing off the toes when walking they are not compressed side to side so much that it doesn't allow them to spread properly. It should also allow you to toe-off with most of the force on the large toe and its metatarsal.
  4. It is better to have a solid continuous sole and heel like that found in an athletic shoe. A separate heel block from the sole, where there is a step off, will permit the arch to collapse. If you want dress shoes with a heel block then make sure the shoe has a steel shank to minimize any arch collapse.
  5. If you need to choose between an oxford lace style shoe or a lace athletic shoe over an unlaced loafer, sandal, or slip on choose a lace type shoe such as the oxford or athletic shoe. In my opinion they athletic shoe is the best shoes to wear. A lace shoe can be adjusted for firmness and comfort. This will ensure better support and function.
  6. Most importantly. Even if you buy the best shoe for arthritis it is still not the best shoe for arthritis, or for anyone for that matter... until you are fitted with and use custom-made arch supports in them. No shoe comes with an arch support. You need to make sure your feet are supported with arch supports that are custom made just for your feet. 

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The Best Arch Supports

The very best arch supports are called Stabilizing Orthotics by Foot Levelers. They are the only arch supports that support all 3 arches of the foot, correct for pronation, come with special shock absorbing material, are made of the highest quality materials and workmanship, and are backed with a full 12 month guarantee. You can order them here.

With your order you will be sent a casting kit that will allow you to take an impression of your feet, so that they will be custom-made for you only.

There are no other arch supports on the markets that will come even close to the quality, features and benefits that Stabilizing Orthotics give you.

When looking for shoes for arthritis consider the above suggestions. Shoes for arthritis are only as good as the arch support you put in them.

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