Shoes for Arthritis
Shoe shopping is challenging enough under normal circumstances. You have to find a style you like in the size and color you need, and somehow you have to figure out how to get a pair that fits your feet that are a half size different from each other. But when you have arthritis, this shopping process becomes even more challenging.
Finding the best shoes for arthritic feet is important for keeping you as healthy and mobile as possible.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a degenerative disease that wears away the cartilage padding between your joints. It can affect nearly every joint in the body, including knees, hips, hands, and, of course, your feet.
As that cartilage wears away, the joint becomes inflamed and painful as bones in the foot rub together and begin to break down. And with 28 bones and 30 joints in each foot, that means there are a lot of places where pain can occur.
There are many different types of arthritis, but two of the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Another form of arthritis that often affects the feet is gout, a condition where uric acid crystallizes and deposits in the joints.
How Apex Footwear Can Help
A good pair of shoes for arthritic will do two things: help minimize the pain you experience and help prevent further damage to the joints and bones in your foot.
Having the right shoes can help ease some of the symptoms of arthritis in the feet. One of the common side effects of osteoarthritis is bone spurs at the base of the big toe and bunions. Wider shoes can help relieve pressure on these areas and reduce pain. Fortunately, all Apex Shoes feature roomy toe boxes and are available in multiple widths.
Rheumatoid arthritis causes the joints in the feet to swell up and can cause the bones in the ball of the foot to push against the skin. This can cause calluses and ulcerations which can be very painful and may even require surgery. But the right arthritis shoes can move pressure from the ball of the foot to the middle, reducing the impact of those calluses and ulcerations.
What to Look For
In general, when you’re choosing shoes for arthritic feet, you want to go for lower heels. Heels higher than two inches or so put a lot of pressure on the ball of your foot and can pinch your toes. You want to look for a lower heel available in wide sizes with roomier toe boxes and rocker soles.
In general, though, the best thing for your feet is going to be a good, supportive pair of shoes or flats boots with minimal flex in the sole. Apex offers stylish, supportive footwear that is lightweight, flexible, durable, and gives you more stability.