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Shoes for Arthritis

Tips for Buying Pain-Free Sandals

Shoes that are flimsy can be a pain in the back (and the hips, knees and feet). When you’re buying sandals, keep your cool with styles that do your body good. Here’s what to look for this season when buying pain-free sandals:

  • Support:Proper support of the ball, arch and heel of your foot is paramount for those with arthritis, says Rex McCallum, MD, a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Sandals with semirigid soles, backs and sides provide the right support. A rule of thumb: Avoid shoes that can be bent in half, from toe to heel.
  • Coverage:Buy sandals with sneaker footbeds, bumpers that cover the toes and heels, and those with edges that rise above the sole. They’re are sturdier than their flat counterparts, and offer the best protection from toe stubs.

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