Which shoes to choose?
Correct footwear choice is essential to help keep your feet happy
Rheumatoid arthritis is a common severe inflammatory disorder and for many it is chronic and progressive, resulting in reduced activity and limited mobility. The most common problems in the foot are toe clawing, bunions and pain under the forefoot. Some people with rheumatoid arthritis have problems with circulation to the feet and are also more susceptible to fungal infections of the skin and nails. Appropriate footwear for comfort, mobility and stability is part of the management of the foot problems associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
When purchasing new shoes try to follow these tips:
• A broad and stable heel with a height which doesn’t put pressure on the ankle joint of the forefoot.
• A shock absorbing sole to reduce the pressure on the forefoot in particular.
• Uppers that are soft enough to be ‘forgiving’ on the joints and tissues but not so soft that they collapse.
• Width and depth to accommodate the forefoot but a snug fit around the heel to prevent pressure on the foot.
• Linings which are breathable and ‘wick’ moisture away from the skin so that the skim is more resistant to fungal infections.
• Fastenings (either lace, strap or touch fastening) to hold the foot in the back of the shoe to prevent slippage and damage to the skin.
• Easy access, meaning that the upper of the shoe has to be able to ‘open up’ sufficiently for the foot to slip into without squeezing the joints of the foot.
Discover the secret in every step…
At Hotter we know that comfort never goes out of fashion, but we also believe that your feet should look as good as they feel. We’re passionate about shoes, so every single pair is stylishly designed and incorporates our secret Comfort Concept® features, ensuring feet are as stylish as they are comfortable.
There are numerous conditions which affect the feet, and it’s important that you wear the right style of shoe depending on your symptoms. These pages should act as a guideline as each case will be different. Please always consult your podiatrist if you have any concerns regarding the health of your feet.
Visit one of our 75 UK Hotter stores, or call our free Personal Shopper service on 0800 083 3083, for support and advice about finding your perfect Hotter fit – as well as information about the full Hotter collection.