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What Shoes Should I Wear if I Have Arthritis?

Monday, 22 March 2021 00:00

Many forms of arthritis affect the feet. Osteoarthritis, the form of arthritis associated with aging, is often accompanied by the development of bunions on the big toes. Shoes with a wider toe box can help avoid irritating the bunions. It is suggested that you avoid shoes with high heels or narrow, pointed toes, which can push the foot forward and compress the toes, thereby increasing pressure on the bunions and causing more pain. Rheumatoid arthritis often causes inflammation in the joints on the balls of the feet and the toes, leading to calluses and hammertoes. Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause lumps of soft tissue, called nodules, to form on the sides of the foot and rub against the shoes. To avoid foot pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, wearing wide, box-toed shoes without laces is suggested. For more information about which types of shoes are best for arthritic foot pain, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Ronald Sheppard from Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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