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Happy Feet

Arthritis Today reports on the brands, styles and features for choosing the appropriate footwear for men and women with arthritis, according to experts.

Arthritis Today spoke to Anne Holland Johnson, MD, foot and ankle surgeon at HSS, who cautioned a high price doesn’t guarantee quality or footwear that will live up to its advertising. “There are a lot of marketing claims, many of which are misleading, and a lot of bad advice from salespeople who lack knowledge about foot function and the design of the shoes they’re selling,” said Dr. Johnson. It is recommended to have a sales person measure your foot with a Brannock device (to measure for length and width); shop in specialty stores (as staff in these stores are often more informed); ask your podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon to explain which features will work best for you; and to check footwear for defects (the heels should be 90 degrees to the soles).

Additionally, when choosing the right shoe, Dr. Johnson suggested, “Opt for super-soft pliable materials that conform to your feet, such as high-quality leathers and suedes and some synthetics.” Footwear with removable soles will allow you to replace them once they are worn down, or with a custom orthosis.

This article appeared in the September/October print edition.