Knee Osteoarthritis and walking shoes.

by Tom Dinicola
(Palm Harbor, Florida)

I have read that flat flexible shoes are better for knees than those with a lot of cushion. In your opinion, is this true or should I stay with regular walking shoes? I do wear Rx orthotics angled for the lack of cartilidge medially on both knees. I also spend a lot of time each day walking for my job; up to 4 miles a day on a regular basis.

I need recommendations on which brands to look at.

Thanks

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Yes, the research shows that a flexible shoe is best for relieving knee pain. Also an energy absorbing insert can also help.


This means that most likely, a neutral-type shoe will work best for your knee pain because it is the most flexible type of shoe.

You can stay with a walking shoe, but you might want to try a neutral type, which is the most flexible type available.

Have a look at the Asics Gel Resort 2 or the Saucony Grid Integrity St, two excellent choices for a neutral walking shoe.

I would also recommend visiting a shoe store that specializes in athletic shoes so they can help you find the best pair for your feet and recommend a good pair of energy absorbing inserts. Be sure to check the return policy. A good store will allow you to wear the shoes for at least 30 days and return them if you need to.

Happy walking!

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Walking shoes for Osteoarthritis

by M Niev
(Puerto Rico)

I have osteoarthritis in my left knee and I want to buy a good pair of walking shoes.

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In a recent study entitled Advances in Insoles and Shoes for Knee Osteoarthritis (Himan & Bennell), it was found that shoes with a flat or low heel that were flexible, not stabilizing, were most likely optimal for relieving knee pain. The authors recommend shoes that promote foot mobility. In addition, energy absorbing inserts can also help.


This means that most likely, a neutral-type shoe will work best for your knee pain because it is the most flexible type of shoe.

Have a look at the Asics Gel Resort 2 or the Saucony Grid Integrity St, two excellent choices for a neutral walking shoe.

I would also recommend visiting a shoe store that specializes in athletic shoes so they can help you find the best pair for your feet and recommend a good pair of energy absorbing inserts. Be sure to check the return policy. A good store will allow you to wear the shoes for at least 30 days and return them if you need to.

Happy walking!

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Best walking shoe for bad arthritis in knees

by Debora Ross
(Charlotte NC 28226)

My knees are bad and I need a good walking shoe.

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Which walking shoes are best for arthritic knees? Recent research shows that walking barefoot puts the least strain on knee joints than shoes. Of course, itís not always practical to walk barefoot!

In a recent study entitled Advances in Insoles and Shoes for Knee Osteoarthritis (Himan & Bennell), it was found that shoes with a flat or low heel that were flexible, not stabilizing, were most likely optimal for relieving knee pain. The authors recommend shoes that promote foot mobility. In addition, energy absorbing inserts can also help.

I would recommend a running shoe instead of a walking shoe because running shoes tend to be much more flexible than walking shoes. A couple to consider are:


Saucony Progrid Triumph 6 - Women's - Shoes - Silver


Brooks Dyad 5 - Women's - Shoes - White


Brooks Infiniti 2 - Women's - Shoes - White

I would also recommend visiting a shoe store that specializes in athletic shoes so they can help you find the best pair for your feet and recommend a good pair of energy absorbing inserts. Be sure to check the return policy. A good store will allow you to wear the shoes for at least 30 days and return them if you need to.

Best of luck to you!

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over weight female with bad knee pain arthritis

by clara
(warner robins georgia)

I weigh 252 pounds and have arthritis. I want to get shoes to start walking to help lose this weight. Can you recommend a pair of walking shoes?

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First, congratulations to you on beginning to walk to lose weight! Walking is a wonderful way to lose weight. I recommend that you speak with your doctor first to make sure you are ready to begin exercising.

Usually, a motion control shoe is recommended for someone who is overweight, however, research shows that a more flexible shoe is best for arthritic knees. Also, a pair of energy absorbing inserts has been found to help with knee pain so you may need to purchase those in addition to your shoes.

Therfore, I recommend visiting a shoe store that specializes in athletic shoes so they can help you find the best pair for your feet. They will have you walk on a treadmill and video tape the way you walk so they can watch in slow motion and analyze exactly how you walk to determine the best pair of shoes for you.

Be sure to check their return policy. A good store will allow you to wear the shoes for at least 30 days and return them if you need to.

Best of luck to you!

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