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Do you have a favorite pair of shoes?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is most commonly associated with symptoms such as inflammation, pain, swelling, and tightness or stiffness of the joints. In the earlier stages of RA, these symptoms are most likely to affect the hands and feet. In fact, studies suggest that 90% of individuals with RA will experience foot pain or discomfort.1

Although traditional treatments – including medications and physical therapy – can help manage these symptoms, several of our community members have been looking for alternative ways to manage foot pain, including specific shoe types. Since there is no “one size fits all” answer (pun intended!) we decided to ask you – our community – what your favorite shoe brands were.

With over 200 responses, here are some of the most frequently mentioned answers:

shoes

Tell us – Have you found a specific shoe that helps with RA-related foot pain?

1. Posalski J, Weisman MH. Articular and periarticular manifestations of established rheumatoid arthritis. In: Hochberg MC, Silman AJ, Smolen JS, Weinblatt ME, Weisman MH, eds. Rheumatoid Arthritis. Philadelphia, Penn: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:49-61.

Comments

  • AnnP
    7 months ago

    For warm weather wear, I adore Teva Original Mush Flip Flops. Absolute heaven! The bottoms of my feet suffer the most but wearing these flip flops is like I don’t even have RA. One word of advice….. you MUST, MUST, MUST order 1 size larger than your usual. Then they will fit perfect & make sure to get the original mush ones.

  • NailNerd
    1 year ago

    I love my Dansko clogs! They spawns a few days with wooden shoe Gretchen’s in them, then there’re good. In the winter Perfect Dylrm kids boots (like Bogs).

  • Nes
    4 years ago

    Dansko and Keen! They have been life savers for me, they gave me support and kept my toes from bending to much to induce the broken toe feeling!

  • Molly Scheiner
    5 years ago

    Skechers Go Walks

  • Leslie Rott moderator
    5 years ago

    I love Skechers!

  • Jen
    5 years ago

    I haven’t had any surgeries on my feet, thank goodness, but I have had 3 back surgeries and 2 surgeries on my left knee. I really like the New Balance. The higher the number on the shoe, the cushier the shoe. I have two pairs, one white with the number 840 and one black with the number in the 800’s (I can’t remember off the top of my head and I’m too tired to get out of bed). I would like to find a nice slip on so I don’t have to try to bend over and tie them, I have a really hard time bending. So if anyone has any idea of a casual slip on, I would forever that you for sharing this with me.

  • NLW1
    8 months ago

    My go to shoes are Tom’s. Lots of room for my poor toes. Just make sure that the shoe material isn’t too stiff. Also, if you need a lot of arch support these are not the shoe for you. Kind of like wearing a comfortable slipper.

  • Andrew Lumpe, PhD moderator
    5 years ago

    After three ankle surgeries, Keens with their wide footbeds work best but only after putting in a green Superfeet insert for support. Also, Birkenstocks are my favorite summer wear.

  • Leslie Rott moderator
    5 years ago

    My feet are most happy in the summer, when my feet are in sandals and can breathe. However, most sandals I wear are not supportive at all, which I know is bad. Do you wear the standard birkenstocks?

  • pat
    5 years ago

    RA has done quite a number on my feet so I’m always looking for shoes that are comfortable and can accommodate orthotics. This is much harder than it sounds. My favorite brands are Wolky (even some of their sandals are orthotic-friendly), Arcopedico, Naot, GoLite, and New Balance. There’s a website called BarkingDogShoes.com that’s extremely helpful. The woman that runs it has RA and she rates shoes for comfort. Extremely helpful.

  • Mary Weisgerber
    5 years ago

    Ryka tennis,Skechers Flex, Skechers Memory Foam

  • Leslie Rott moderator
    5 years ago

    I love Skechers generally. I found it hard to find the right size, though, in Flex and Memory Foam. The Memory Foam ones I got I thought were super comfy, but ultimately small, and they didn’t have my size in any of the other Memory Foams.

  • Laurie Weldy
    5 years ago

    Fit Flops – first tried these for plantar facitis and now wear them for my RA – best shoes ever!!!

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