Gout - Daddy Needs a New Pair of ShoesCould improper footwear be contributing to increased pain in gout patients? Gout causes severe pain and swelling in the joints with the majority of cases affecting the feet. Unfortunately this inflammation can lead to misshapen joints making it difficult to find shoes that feel good. Frequently gout patients will resort to sandals, flip-flops, moccasins and ill fitting sneakers in an attempt to find comfort. These poor footwear choices may actually cause an increase in gout pain as they lack good support and stability.
Recent study from the University of Oxford in Auckland, New Zealand found that gout patients who chose these types of footwear experienced moderate to severe foot pain, disadvantages and disability compared with those who made good footwear choices. More than half of the patients in the study wore footwear that was 12 months or older and showed excessive wear patterns. Opportunity knocks once. So when we got the opportunity to write on Gout, we did not let the opportunity slip from our hands, and got down to writing on Gout.
Better choices for footwear would include, walking shoes or boots, athletic sneakers and also oxfords. These choices have far better cushioning, support and offer greater stability leading to less pain. Look for shoes that have a wide toe box (wide space in the toe area) and removable insoles. Custom made orthotics or standard orthotics that mold to the feet can reduce stress and increase comfort. Getting new shoes at least once a year can be beneficial because even though the shoe may look like it is in good condition, it may have lost some of its conditioning and support.
Choosing Better Footwear can Make a Difference in Gout PainColcrys doctor prescribed can also help by blocking inflammation and relieving a gout attack, generally within 12-24 hours. Combine this with a trip to the shoe top 7 tips to treat and prevent gout be walking without pain before you know it.
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