If you’re one of the many out there suffering with osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms, your shoe choice can make a big difference in the way you feel. According to experts, nearly 9 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong shoe size. This can not only lead to osteoarthritis pain – but for those who already have it, symptoms are only magnified. Choosing shoes with the right fit and level of support may help to ease your symptoms and prevent a chain reaction of pain throughout your body.

Here is a guide for what to look for if you suffer from knee OA:

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

If you’re wondering what to avoid in the all-encompassing shoe department…

  • High heels- Heels are a no-no as they increase strain on the knees.
  • Shoes with open backs- Your toes must grip onto the shoe to keep it on providing a strain on your feet and very little stability in your gait.
  • Heavy soles- Shoes like clogs that have heavy soles place extra strain on the knees with every step you take.

When finding the right shoes to help ease your OA symptoms, it is important to keep in mind that you may have to try on many options before you find what’s best for you.

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