If you’re among the millions struggling with osteoarthritis (OA) pain, your shoe choice can have a big impact when it comes to the way you feel. Recent studies have shown that only about a quarter of people are wearing the right shoe size.  This can not only lead to OA pain – but for those who already have it, symptoms are only exaggerated. Choosing shoes with the right fit and support level may help to ease symptoms and prevent pain.

Here are some shoe choices to avoid:

  • High heels- While heels are stylish, they increase strain on the knees. The best advice is to steer clear from heels or limit the time you will be wearing them.
  • Shoes that have open backs- When your toes have to grip onto the shoe to keep it on, it causes a strain on your foot. This also offers little stability.
  • Heavy-soled shoes- Shoes like clogs, for example, that have heavy soles place extra strain on the knees with each and every step you take.

On the contrary, here are some things to look for:

  • Soft, flexible walking shoes – Soft materials in shoes are important so they won’t rub and irritate your feel. Flexibility is key so the foot can expand and not be constricted.
  • Arch support – Proper arch support is vital because correct arch support directly impacts the body’s posture.
  • Ample toe room – A roomy toe box should allow your toes to sit comfortably without the risk of rubbing or calluses

All in all, your shoe choice does indeed make a difference, whether you already have osteoarthritis, or you are trying to prevent it. When finding the right shoes for you, it is important to keep in mind that you may have to try on many options before you find what’s best for you. If you or someone you love is struggling to manage symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, local studies for potential new treatment options are enrolling now. Those that qualify have access to potential new osteoarthritis treatments and are cared for by board-certified physicians. Qualified participants may also be compensated for time and travel expenses. Learn more about this new research opportunity by clicking HERE.