Shoes to Decrease Arthritis Pain

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Shoes to Decrease Arthritis Pain
Arthritis pain can make you want to sit forever. Find shoes that will help. (Image by, courtesy of Kick Photo)

When arthritis pain affects your feet, finding shoes that fit and don't intensify your pain can be difficult. Understand how to choose shoes that will decrease your pain so you can walk comfortably again.

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Look for shoes with plenty of support and a rigid heel, such as running or walking shoes. Soft arch support should be chosen over cushioning.


The shoe should be roomy enough to accommodate swelling. Choose a shoe with an extra-deep toe box, which gives room for swollen toes or conditions such as hammer toe.


Look for adjustable straps rather than laces, which may be difficult to tie if you also have arthritis in your hands.

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Special rocker-type soles will help prevent jarring at the ball of the foot. Your doctor may recommend special orthotics as well, depending on the kind of arthritis you have.


Avoid high heels, pointy toes and any kind of shoe which pinches; they may aggravate your arthritis.

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