Friday, December 18, 2009 mlady, Community Member, asks

Q: Question about shoes to wear for MS pain.

I was wondering about shoes for MS pain. My feet hurt when I walk and would like to find shoes that help.  Thank you

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Vicki, Health Guide
12/19/09 7:01am

Hello mlady,

Aw, Shoes, a problem we share.

Watch for velcro closings so you can decide high tight or loose to close them.  Try those moccasins with fleece or extra padding linig.  If your pain is on the bottom of your feet, slip an extrra pad in your shoe.

Have you ever seen the FootSmart catalog? This may give you more ideas. There are several types of shoes meant for people with walking or comfort difficulties.  They are sometimes a bit pricey, but worth it if they work.

I do not worry about walking in my shoes since I am in a wheelchair.  Sometimes I wear loose socks, even on aircraft.  At home I often go barefoot.

I hope some of these hints are helpful. Good luck.

awordlover, Community Member
2/ 9/10 7:37am

Hi Mlady: 


I have found over the years that $20 shoes from Walmart (or similar store) are as good as expensive shoes when it comes to people with MS pain that comes and goes.... it is what you put inside them that makes the difference.


I use regular pillow innersoles in every pair of shoes I own (one or two pair in each shoe to adjust comfort level). It makes walking more comfortable for me.  I also wear velcro shoes so I can loosen them if and when I need to due to pain or spasms.


If you are already used to something like Dr Scholl's orthotic or similar (gel innersoles,etc.), maybe it is time to take a break from that and go with just a pillow innersole to see if it makes a difference.


I also take 2 Aleve every 12 hours since it helps with pain as good as or better than prescription drugs I took in past, with no grog effect, which I hate. 


I hope you can try some of these suggestions and wish you well.


Take care,


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By mlady, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 12/18/09