2010-03-17 Light, flat shoes may be best for arthritic knees


(Reuters Health) - When it comes to easing the pain of arthritic knees, footwear choice matters, new research shows.

And the findings suggest that flatter shoes with more flexible soles are easier on the knees than clogs or walking shoes. "It may not be the supportive, stable shoes that we just thought would be shock-absorbing for them that they should wear," Dr. Najia Shakoor of Rush Medical College in Chicago, one of the study's authors, told Reuters Health.

Past injuries, overuse, excess weight and aging all contribute to osteoarthritis, or breakdown of cartilage within the joints. Knee osteoarthritis is particularly common, and can be disabling.(Read entire article)

2010-03-29 Flip-Flops, Flat Shoes Relieve Arthritic Knees - Clogs, Stability Shoes Put More Stress on Knees Than Flat, Flexible Shoes and Flip-Flops, Study Finds


If you have knee pain from arthritis, wearing flat, flexible shoes may reduce the stress on your joints and keep you more comfortable, according to new research.

In a comparison study that evaluated the force or "load" on arthritic knees while wearing clogs, athletic shoes with stability features, flat walking shoes, flip-flops, and going barefoot, the flat and flexible shoes won out, says study lead author Najia Shakoor, MD, an associate professor of internal medicine at Rush Medical College and an attending physician at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Her study is published online in Arthritis Care & Research.

''We know barefoot is good for your knee load from previous studies," Shakoor tells WebMD. ''Then we thought, do different shoes have different effects on the knee?" So they compared the four shoe types with going barefoot.

The surprise? "The shoes that we intuitively recommend to our patients [with knee arthritis] and thought might be best -- stability shoes and clogs -- were associated with the highest load." (Read entire article)