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CAN SHOES YOU ARE WEARING INFLUENCE OR EXACERBATE BACK PAIN? 5 TIPS FOR BUYING RIGHT SHOES IF YOU HAVE ARTHRITIS.

Shoes you are wearing can influence and exacerbate back pain. The wrong shoes can even cause back pain. That is especially true of people fond of stiletto heels, which can throw their bodies out of alignment and stress the back. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/foot-pain/heel-pain/

5 TIPS FOR BUYING RIGHT SHOES IF YOU HAVE ARTHRITIS

Make sure the shoe shape matches your foot shape

Whether you have inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or the more common osteoarthritis (OA), many people need a shoe with a roomy toe box to accommodate the bunions, hammertoes, and deformed joints that often accompany their disease. These pressure points can be excruciating for already tender arthritic feet.

Look for shoes that offer lots of support

You get support primarily from the sole of the shoe — it should be wide, rigid, and only bend where your foot bends (at the toes) — and a stable heel counter, the back of the shoe that cups your heel and keeps your foot in place, which helps to prevent friction and pain.

Consider rocker soles

These slightly curved soles gently propel you through the gait cycle, distributing your weight more evenly to reduce the strain of walking on the foot, ankle, and toes.

Get the right type of material

Pick a shoe made of a material that’s soft and accommodating especially if you have issues like bunions or hammertoes.

Look for shoes with removable insoles

Shoes with removable insoles allow you to put in your own customised or over-the-counter insoles without making the shoe too tight.

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