Sometimes comfortable at first glance shoes may turn out to be non-anatomical and only worsen articular pain.
Being bewildered in choosing shoes is very easy. However, for some people, including those suffering from gout, such a mistake may be fatal. Inappropriate shoes can increase pain, worsen symptoms and stimulate the progression of the disease.
A group of scientists from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) investigated the "shoe benefits" of fifty people suffering from gout.
Disadvantages of a huge assortment of shoes
Among the huge number of shoes in the modern market to make the right choice becomes very difficult. As the study showed, many gout patients choose footwear with poor performance, insufficient cushioning, unstable and uncomfortable.
42% of those polled, without knowing it themselves, damaged their joints, choosing shoes such as sandals, sweatshirts or moccasins. Only 56% of patients made the right choice in favor of sneakers, low-heeled shoes and Oxford shoes. However, it is remarkable that none of the respondents wear high-heeled shoes and only 2% wear shoes.
What is the basis of choice?
The study showed that 50% of the patients continue to wear old worn-out shoes, since it is difficult to pick up a new comfortable pair.
According to the survey, 98% of the main criterion of choice is the comfort and convenience of pads, 90% - stability, 60% pay attention to the price of shoes.
At the moment there is no special footwear for patients with gout. Further research is needed to develop such models.
However, there are still some recommendations for choosing. First, the sole should be thick. Fine soles lead to various small strokes and injuries of the joints of the foot, so the thicker the sole, the better. The insole should be soft. It is very important that the big toe remained in a peculiar "pillow". In addition, you can not wear narrow shoes in any way, as it also leads to additional injuries and damage to the diseased joints.
Data from recent studies have shown that the number of patients with gout is constantly increasing. Gout is the most common cause of arthritis in men. Therefore, it is so important to pay attention to the problem of special shoes.
The correct shoes are the key to slow down the progression of symptoms and improve the quality of life of patients.
The study was published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.