Ask the Footwear Expert – Len Romanski
Properly fitting footwear is important for everyone, but it is paramount for those with arthritis in their feet. Inappropriate footwear can increase arthritic symptoms, causing great discomfort as well as reduced mobility. If you are experiencing arthritic foot pain, here are some things to consider the next time you go shoe shopping:
Shoe fitting tips:
- Choose footwear that provides your joints with enough width and depth. Never buy shoes that feel tight or that restrict the free movement of your toes. Shoes should feel comfortable right out of the box.
- Shoes that open up are generally easier to get on and offer more comfort and stability than slip-on styles. If you have difficulty tying laces, give Velcro or toggle laces a try.
- Cushioned arch supports can reduce stress on joints in the foot as well as your ankles, knees and hips.
- Avoid high heels as they cause you to exert greater strain on your joints to stay balanced and will create greater pressure points in your forefoot.
- Stay positive! Even with arthritic feet, shoes can still be comfortable and attractive!
Caring for your feet:
Aside from properly fitting shoes, there are other things you can do to reduce arthritic foot pain such as:
- Stay active with low impact activities like walking, swimming or cycling.
- Massage and stretch feet often.
- Wear compression stockings to promote circulation and reduce swelling.
- Wear shoes in the house, especially if your floors have hard surfaces such as hardwood or tile.
- Consult your doctor about what other treatment options may be right for you.
Remember, if you are having trouble finding footwear that fits with both your arthritic feet and your wardrobe, we are here to help!