(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
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)
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)